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“Beautiful Capitol Hill Architecture”

Seattle Architecture Foundation
Ranked #78 of 165 Tours in Seattle
Type: City Tours, Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed July 5, 2014

The Seattle Architecture Foundation's Harvard and Belmont Historic District Walking tour covers an area just 2 blocks from where I currently live. The tour lasted about 2 1/2 hours and we learned about the different architecture styles some of the social history behind who lived/lives in the homes. Our tour guide, Geoffrey, was knowledgeable and experienced and did a nice job speaking to everyone in our group. I'm sure the tour would be a very different experience for someone with any background in architecture. I just know I like to look at the old houses. I learned about the characteristics of Georgian revival, Jacobean, Tudor, Queen Anne and Four Square. The houses ranged in date from 1890 to the 1980's.
I would love a tour of the Volunteer Park neighborhood homes- SAF???
Notes: We did have to deal with a significant amount of airplane noise so it may not be the best tour for people with hearing loss. There were 2 young children on the tour (maybe 7-10 years old) who were super bored (but very well behaved). Not much walking but definitely a ton of standing.

Thank Miller206
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

We would really love to go for Diamond and Gold tour but Purple and Gold tour was the only one fits our time frame of visit. So we went with the color change. We enjoyed every minute of it and so glad to learn about UW campus on a different level. Our tour guide is Jim Goodspeed, a local architect who used to be a project designer for Paccar Hall during its construction stages. He brought in domain knowledge, historic perspectives on the European architecture styles and the contemporary interpretation. From French renaissance, Gothic revivals, brutalist modern, to modern buildings from the last decade, it brought out the contrast how the UW’s architecture has evolved over time with respect to the changes in student culture. For example, older Gothic structures in Suzzallo Library’s reading room command silent study, while the newer buildings like Paccar Hall encourage group work and communication. ....simply wonderful.
We will definitely check out other tours next time we are in town. BTW, someone on the tour told us that The “purple” will represent the modern while the “gold” signifies the timeless and the old. Interesting, isn't it?

Thank Kaili49
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Perhaps you don't think of Seattle as a city with significant architecture, the Space Needle and Public Market notwithstanding, but you would be remiss to avoid taking one of the surprising and enthralling two-hour walking tours offered by the Seattle Architectural Foundation. A number are offered; we chose the Art Deco Skyscraper tour in downtown Seattle. Our tour guide was extremely well informed, and though the tour covered six different buildings within a four block radius, the guide pacing made it easy for all to keep up!. All the offered tours feature insights into both history and architecture. Though the tours nominally last two hours, they often run ovver a bit, and visiting the Foundation's office with its very interesting displays is worth an hour's time by itself.

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Reviewed June 22, 2016
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