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Jun
15

Rise & Fall by Minoru Yamasaki

Rainier Tower-Seattle-SwittersB

On a recent trip up to Seattle, Washington, I came upon the Rainier Tower (1977) with its unique base. A little research revealed the unique structure was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, a Seattle native and the principle designer of the World Trade Center (1970). Further, I learned the Rainier Tower and the surrounding structures are scheduled for demolition and a planned for new high rise will replace the Rainier Tower with its unique base.

Good News Clarification via Valerie Bunn: “I think you have misread the news article. Note that a new tower is planned to be built alongside of the present tower, not replacing it. If you look at the block from the 5th Avenue side you will see a low-rise building called Rainier Square, and that is the one scheduled to be demolished.”

Rainier Tower, base, Seattle, SwittersB


9 Responses to “Rise & Fall by Minoru Yamasaki”


  1. June 20, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    I was going to write ‘shame’, until I read the above clarification

  2. June 20, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    I like the store next to Louis Vuitton! Your new location? Awesome shot!

  3. June 19, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Do they “list” buildings in USA so they are protected?

  4. June 19, 2015 at 7:08 AM

    I think you have misread the news article. Note that a new tower is planned to be built alongside of the present tower, not replacing it. If you look at the block from the 5th Avenue side you will see a low-rise building called Rainier Square, and that is the one scheduled to be demolished.


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