When you’re walking around a city, you usually forget to look up


When you’re walking around a city, you usually forget to look up. It takes a landmark building to prompt you to admire anything above the ground floor.

For those in the Seattle area, the Seattle Times included a brief walking tour of Seattle architecture. The article doesn’t mention one of my favorites: The roll-on deodorant building on the corner of Seneca and Second. The effect is most striking if you if you stand on Second and Union and look southeast at night. (Sadly, under the dome is just a roomful of machines.)

Comments (7)
  1. benjamin says:

    I’ve always thought that people that walk around a city and busy themselves looking at buildings stand out as prime targets for pick-pockets and muggers.

  2. Tim says:

    Heh, I remember taking a picture of that building when I took the Seattle harbour tour.  I thought of it as the ‘R2D2 building’ though.  Because, well, you know.

  3. look up says:

    "It takes a landmark building …" Yet when you have so many it is hard to miss them coming from a world heritage city.

    http://www.liverpoolworldheritage.com/

  4. Alexandre Grigoriev says:

    And here I thought Portland was the only city with a deodorant building

    It’s a magnetic drum (remember those?), with a salad spinner on top.

  5. JD says:

    "It takes a landmark…above the ground floor."

    My brother reports that one can also find some rather fascinating landmarks in Seattle by looking below the ground floor:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4327354a34.html

  6. Julian says:

    If you don’t look up whilst walking around Winchester (UK), you will miss:

    • the false windows painted on a building, complete with cat sunning itself.

    • interesting designs of guttering and rainwater pipes

    • gargoyles on the cathedral

    • a statue of Queen Anne on a bank building

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