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Cornerstones

Things just aren't what they used to be. This is especially true of the way we think of and construct our buildings. It's rare to see decorations on new buildings that are not strictly utilitarian. The whimsy factor has been eliminated. The joy of quirkiness has been crushed.

There are still some beautiful examples of older buildings in Seattle that have what I consider to be "soul". In this gallery I hope to record as many of these as aI can find on my lunchtime photo-jaunts.

I am neither an architect nor an archeologist. My explanations may not be the most accurate, but I hope the photos can communicate some of the sense of "Wow!" that I feel when I see some of the buildings. If you have things to add about the buildings or the decorations depicted here, please feel free to add comments in the section provided below each photo.

Comments and constructive criticism are welcomed.

1st & Spring
1st & Spring
Belltown Bistro
Belltown Bistro
Hull Building - 1889
Hull Building - 1889
Eitel Building, Seattle
Eitel Building, Seattle
Walrus - Arctic Club Hotel
Walrus - Arctic Club Hotel
Detail of cornice on Arctic Club Hotel
Detail of cornice on Arctic Club Hotel
Ballroom Ceiling, Arctic Club Hotel
Ballroom Ceiling, Arctic Club Hotel
Detail of Cristalla Building
Detail of Cristalla Building
Bull Market
Bull Market
Lions!
Lions!
The Cobb Building
The Cobb Building
Cobb Building
Cobb Building
Details, details, details!
Details, details, details!
Mermaids in Terracotta
Mermaids in Terracotta
Rule of Thirds
Rule of Thirds
Leapin' catfish!
Leapin' catfish!
Buillding Detail, Belltown
Buillding Detail, Belltown
Tis'  himself!
Tis' himself!
Moo!
Moo!
The Rivoli Apartments
The Rivoli Apartments
0514
0514
0052
0052
0504
0504
Staggered Pyramid Lintelpiece
Staggered Pyramid Lintelpiece
Arctic Club Hotel Seattle
Arctic Club Hotel Seattle
I am the walrus, coo coo kachoo.
I am the walrus, coo coo kachoo.
Soul or No Soul?
Soul or No Soul?