Century 21 Digital Collection
Preview up to 100 items from this collection below. Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair showcased Seattle as a space-age city. See photos, brochures, postcards and other items related to Seattle’s 1960s vision of the future.
Hawaii Pavilion at night; View S.E.
Islands of Hawaii Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "All-wood structure is 12-sided 'circle' 100 ft. in diameter with post-free 600-seat theater for Polynesian entertainment." (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 39)
Date: 1962-08View this item
Coliseum as seen from Domestic Commerce & Industry Bldg. View N.W.
View of Washington State Coliseum from Hall of Industry, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). On the Coliseum, designed by Paul Thiry: “Superlatives are helpful in describing the fair’s $4 million theme building, for it is one of the largest clear span structures in the world; and the aluminum roof, the only one of its kind in existence, sweeps 110 ft. into the air at the apex, supported by steel compression trusses rising from massive concrete abutments.” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 17.) On the Hall of Industry, designed by Robert B. Price: “The domestic exhibitors in this building all show how the ‘magic key’ of research has just begun to open the way to the future. The pavilion is 277 feet long and is highlighted by six-foot multi-colored plastic pyramids that extend on both sides of the roof and ceiling.” (Official press book : Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, p. 43.)
Date: 1962-02-28View this item
Interior [i.e. Interiors] Pavilion; stone panel by Jean Johanson
Stone panel in Interiors Pavilion of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). Jean Louise Johanson (1911-2000) was a Bellevue, Washington sculptor and mosaic artist, and was married to the architect Perry Johanson of the Northwest firm Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson. Her works include Seattle Children's Hospital's "Bambino" calendar image, the bronze fountain at Seattle's Westlake Center, and the pebble wall at Pacific Science Center. (Carole Beers, Seattle Times, March 5, 2000.)
Date: 1962-09View this item
Warren Ave. Public School; View is from Harrison & 2nd Ave. No.
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.<br><br>The Warren Avenue School opened on February 16, 1903, and operated until 1959, when it was sold to the State of Washington. It was demolished on August 27, 1959. During the Century 21 Exposition, the former school site was the site of the Washington State Coliseum, later known as the Key Arena. (Nile Thompson and Carolyn Marr, Building for Learning, Seattle Public School Histories, 1862-2000. Seattle: Seattle Public Schools, 2002.)
Date: 1957-10View this item
View east of plaza south of Coliseum with Space Needle
Little Hippo Inn / Hippo Burger Restaurant, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "Snacks and meals are available almost anywhere you go on the fairgrounds. In addition to the food concessions to be found in the fabulous Food Circus...there are places to eat in every area." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 135.)
Date: 1962-07View this item
One of 2 lions at entrance to World's Fair Museum
The World’s Fair Museum operated on the grounds of the Seattle Center, in the former United Arab Republic Pavilion of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair), during the summer of 1963. It displayed photographs and artifacts from the fair.
Date: 1963-08-16View this item
Sidewalk Art Studio
Sidewalk art studio at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).
Date: 1962-06View this item
View east from Monorail station; Space wheel; train
Gayway, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "The Gayway is a $2 million operation designed by two experts in the amusement business: J. W. Patty Conklin, a 50-year veteran who handles amusements for the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto, and Harry Batt, who operates the Lake Ponchartrain Amusement Park in New Orleans." (Official press book: Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, 1962, p. 62.) The Alweg Monorail was constructed for the Century 21 Exposition to carry passengers between downtown Seattle and the exposition grounds.
Date: 1962-07View this item
Architect: J. Chiarrelli; Model of planned municipal auditorium conversion; View so. from Mercer To the right is new 800 seat auditorium
Model of Mercer Arena, Opera House, Exhibition Hall, and Playhouse, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). “The brand-new Opera House (225 Mercer Street) [designed by Priteca and Chiarelli] had been constructed within the shell of Seattle's old Civic Auditorium -- which New York Times critic Harold C. Schonberg described as a ‘6,000 seat, flat-floored, unpleasant’ space that had ‘held just about everything but bullfights.’ Now the hall was the 3,100 seat pride of the town's arts establishment.” (Peter Blecha, “Century 21 Exposition (1962): Performing Arts at the Fair.” HistoryLink.org, http://historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=9371. The remaining buildings in this model were designed by Kirk, Wallace, McKinley & Associates.
Date: 1959-08View this item
European Community Pavilion; N.W. of Coliseum
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)
Date: 1962-05-05View this item