• View of steel skeleton of Sky Ride station at N.W. corner of World [i.e. World's] Fair

    View of steel skeleton of Sky Ride station at N.W. corner of World [i.e. World's] Fair

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Construction of Skyride terminal, within International Mall, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). The Skyride of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). On the Skyride terminals, designed by Tucker & Shields: “Colorful sunbursts of half-cone shaped plastic panels roof exposed steel framework of identical stations from which visitors ride in three-passenger cars 60 ft. above grounds” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 41). On the International Mall, designed by Walker & McGough: “Six hyperbolic paraboloid shells blending into a single fluted column make up two of the exhibit buildings; the third, not shown, is simply a box beam shelter. The twin structures actually are a collection of 52 of these shells and, with their classic Oriental overtones, seem to be particularly fitting for the foreign displays they contain. A fine, clean concrete surface was created by coating the four forms with fiberglass. High-early cement was used to cast the 1 ½ in. thick shells. With temperatures ranging from 35 to 65 deg., calcium chloride was added and cylinder strengths of over 3,000 lb. were obtained in 24 hours. Located on the northwest corner of the exposition site, the inside-out umbrellas with their colorful fiberglass panels present an exciting boundary.” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 32.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00291

    Date: 1962-02-08

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  • View south on 2nd Av. North; Swedish Pavilion lower right; Coliseum above Last day of confusion before opening day

    View south on 2nd Av. North; Swedish Pavilion lower right; Coliseum above Last day of confusion before opening day

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    View of Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_01062

    Date: 1962-04-20

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  • European Community Pavilion; N.W. of Coliseum

    European Community Pavilion; N.W. of Coliseum

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    International Plaza and European Economic Community Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "Surrounding the Coliseum is 94,200 sq. ft. of exhibit space in clear span structures of concrete columns and tilt-up walls with a steel joist roof system and metal decking and insulation. The concrete, laid out in a repetitive form which has become the architect's trademark, relieves what might otherwise have become a monotonous perimeter facade." (An Architect's Guidebook to the Seattle Worlds Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 19)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00389

    Date: 1962-05-05

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  • Apt. & store bldg. at S.W. corner of John Str. & Nob Hill Ave. No. View is S.W. Nob Hill Av. No. to left

    Apt. & store bldg. at S.W. corner of John Str. & Nob Hill Ave. No. View is S.W. Nob Hill Av. No. to left

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Future site of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). In 1956, the City of Seattle’s Civic Center Advisory Committee selected land surrounding the existing Civic Auditorium at the foot of Queen Anne Hill for the site of the Century 21 Exposition and a future Civic Center for the city. In 1957, the city acquired the property through condemnation. With a few exceptions, including the Civic Auditorium (which was transformed into the Opera House) and the National Guard Armory (which became the Food Circus), most existing buildings were demolished. This set of photos documents the site before demolition began.

    Identifier: spl_wl_sec_00250

    Date: 1957-10

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  • Quick Facts about the Seattle World's Fair : April 21 to October 21

    Quick Facts about the Seattle World's Fair : April 21 to October 21

    Leaflet describing the upcoming Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).

    Identifier: spl_c21_2743222

    Date: 1962

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  • Coliseum; Firebird III. A General Motors exhibit

    Coliseum; Firebird III. A General Motors exhibit

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    General Motors Corporation Exhibit, one of the exhibits within the Washington State Coliseum at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).<br><br>"Revolutionary automotive and highway concepts already in the test stage in preparation for the world of tomorrow are displayed in the General Motors Corporation Exhibit in the Coliseum...The Firebird III, an experimental automobile with a sleek profile, is the brightest star in General Motors' exhibitional gallery. Propelled by a gasoline turbine engine, the Firebird III is an appropriate symbol of travel in Century 21." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications, p. 36.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00198

    Date: 1962-09

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  • View S.E. of Rand McNally & Co. to right so. of Coliseum

    View S.E. of Rand McNally & Co. to right so. of Coliseum

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Rand McNally Company exhibit, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “Focal point of attention in this exhibit is the Geo-Physical Globe, reportedly the most accurate and detailed scientific relief globe ever constructed. A display of maps and atlases includes the official Rand McNally map of the Fairgrounds. Less than 20 Geo-Physical Globes are known to be in existence.” (Official press book : Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, p. 42.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00812

    Date: 1962-05-13

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  • Space Needle from south of Coliseum

    Space Needle from south of Coliseum

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Space Needle, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “The Space Needle, a modernistic totem of the Seattle World’s Fair, was conceived by Eddie Carlson as a doodle in 1959 and given form by architects John Graham Jr., Victor Steinbrueck, and John Ridley. When King County declined to fund the project, five private investors, Bagley Wright, Ned Skinner, Norton Clapp, John Graham Jr., and Howard S. Wright, took over and built the 605-foot tower in less than a year.” (Walt Crowley, “Space Needle (Seattle).” HistoryLink.org, http://historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=1424)

    Identifier: spl_wl_sec_01774

    Date: 1962-02-25

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  • Alaska Pavilion; first oil produced by Richfield Oil, Co. in Alaska

    Alaska Pavilion; first oil produced by Richfield Oil, Co. in Alaska

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    The Alaska Pavilion of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "The National Bank of Commerce of Washington, which erected the building for Alaska, provides information for visitors interested in the economic development of the 49th state." The Alaska Pavilion featured displays on the social and economic story of Alaska including a projection of the Aurora Borealis on the dome of the pavilion and color photographs of Alaska scenery and landmarks. (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 47.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00030

    Date: 1962-10

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  • Post fair view north of Int. Mall: to right is partial view of grand stand

    Post fair view north of Int. Mall: to right is partial view of grand stand

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    International Mall of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "Six hyperbolic paraboloid shells blending into a single fluted column make up two of the exhibit buildings; the third, not shown, is simply a box beam shelter. The twin structures actually are a collection of 52 of these shells and, with their classic Oriental overtones, seem to be particularly fitting for the foreign displays they contain. A fine, clean concrete surface was created by coating the four forms with fiberglass. High-early cement was used to cast the 1 in. thick shells. With temperatures ranging from 35 to 65 deg., calcium chloride was added and cylinder strengths of over 3,000 lb. were obtained in 24 hours. Located on the northwest corner of the exposition site, the inside-out umbrellas with their colorful fiberglass panels present an exciting boundary." (An Architect's Guidebook to the Seattle Worlds Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 32.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00480

    Date: 1962-10-24

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