Historical Background

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Seattle Center Grounds Photograph Collection
April, 1963



VM Collection No.: 403
Title: Seattle Center Grounds Photograph Collection
Date Span: April, 1963
Quantity: 28 photographic prints (1 box)
7 negatives (1 box)
Location: K150 (prints)
HN1519 (negatives)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Aerial view of Seattle Center Grounds, Apr. 13, 1963. Photographer James F. Wilson. Special Collections, UW Libraries




Historical Background

The Seattle World's Fair, also known as the Century 21 Exposition, was open from April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962. Close to ten million people visited the World's Fair in that six-month period. The fairground buildings were built in a relatively short period of time and more than half were torn down after the fair, including the information booth and totem pole. The buildings that remained were transformed into popular tourist attractions as part of Seattle Center, which officially opened on June 1, 1963. The United States Science Pavilion became the Pacific Science Center. The Washington State Coliseum became the Seattle Center Coliseum sporting venue (later renamed Key Arena). Other attractions, including two repertory theaters and a museum, have been added over the years. The Space Needle remains as a centerpiece of Seattle Center and a defining symbol of the Seattle skyline.

Scope and Content

The collection contains aerial and site views of the Seattle Center grounds six months after the end of the World's Fair and two months prior to the official opening of Seattle Center on June 1, 1963. The sites pictured include the Flag Pavilion area and the south grounds near the Space Needle. All of the photographs were made in April, 1963.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Processing Info

Processed by Deborah Y. Hunter (2002) and Linda Corets (2003).


Inventory

 
Folder Item Date
Aerial Views of Seattle Center Grounds
11-7Aerial view of grounds with Memorial Stadium, Space Needle, and Coliseum   View imageApr. 13, 1963

Photographer: Wilson, James F., Northwest Air Photos, Port Orchard, Wash.

 
Folder Item Date
Buildings at South Grounds Apr., 1963
28-9"Smile with Nile" Building
10-12Exhibit building at base of Space Needle
13Science Pavilion arches, World's Fair Information Booth (right), and building   View image
14Information Booth sign pole and building near base of Space Needle   View image
15-16World's Fair Information Booth, Pacific Science Center entrance sign, and Science Pavilion building at southwest entrance along 2nd Ave., N.   View image
17World's Fair Information Booth and Science Pavilion arches
18Fence at southwest entrance near 2nd Ave., N. and Thomas St., with World's Fair Information Booth and parked cars
19Entrance along 2nd Ave., N. at Thomas St., at the bottom of the Space Needle
20Car driving on 2nd Ave., N. towards entrance at Thomas St.
21Cars parked near fence and grounds on 2nd Ave., N.
22Cars parked along 2nd Ave., N. below fence, Space Needle, and World's Fair Information Booth sign pole
23-24Cars parked on 2nd Ave., N. below fence and Space Needle

 
Folder Item Date
Buildings at Flag Pavilion AreaApr., 1963
325Flag Pavilion   View image
26Flag Pavilion and International Fountain   View image
27Looking north toward World's Fair International Plaza and International Mall with Washington State Coliseum and Flag Pavilion poles   View image
28World's Fair International Plaza buildings and boulevard   View image

Subject Terms

Organizations:
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs.
Subjects:
Exhibition buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Space Needle (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs.
Geographic Names:
Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs.
Seattle Center (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Aerial photographs.
Last modified: September 24, 2010
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