Historical Background

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

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: Entire collection available on digital site
K150 (1 box - prints)
HN1519 (1 box - negatives) Do Not Issue.
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Aerial view of Seattle Center Grounds, Apr. 13, 1963. Photographer James F. Wilson. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW 22188z




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

Access to original photographs is restricted. Entire collection available on digital site. Contact Special Collections for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

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 imageApril 13, 1963

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

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

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

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: June 25, 2014
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