Architecture Seattle’s Mud Room
posted by April 18 at 13:02 PMon
I went to a public hearing of the Century 21 Committee to report on their vision quest for how to actually turn the Seattle Center into “Seattle’s living room.” (Now it’s more like Seattle’s mud room, a place you have to tromp through, but never linger in, on your way to the Rep, the opera, a stoner laser show at the Science Center, etc.)
There were a few different proposals (knock down Memorial Stadium, replace it with underground parking and a lawn on top). There were a few quibbles from the audience. (Most comically from a guy who thought altering Memorial Stadium would insult the veterans. Look, pal: It’s an ugly-ass stadium. Leaving it up is an insult to the veterans.)
All the proposals mentioned renovating the bejesus out of the Center House (which has one feature worth keeping—the art-deco north wall, making the Center more “porous” and “green,” leaving Key Arena as-is, and razing the fun forest.
Happily, one of the proposals featured a ferris wheel—the only part of the Fun Forest worth fixing and keeping.