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Take a look around Seattle: Then and now

Some of Seattle’s iconic views have changed quite a bit

Seattle Municipal Archives

There’s a lot of talk these days about how Seattle is changing. The truth is, Seattle is always changing one way or another. Sure, some of the iconic views and buildings stay the same, but the streets and scenery that surround them give us a very different sense of the city now then they had 50, 60, and 100 years ago.

RENTCafé decided to dig into the vault and take a look at some of those Seattle street scenes and how much they’ve changed over the years. Here’s some of our favorites.

That’s Third & Union in Downtown. Those trolley tracks are long gone but The Melbourne Tower, formerly known as the Republic Building, at the northwest corner of Pike Street, is still here long after it was built in 1928.

We’re always up for a a shot at how much Gas Works Park has changed since 1966. While most Seattleites know the story of how the former gas works became a park, they might not know that the region just north of what is now the park was also part of it. Do the people living in those market-rate condos know there used to be gas tanks as high as their rooftop decks?

You’re looking at 7th & Virginia in Belltown and what was once an old-timey city block in 1929 is now part of The Ama-Zone, which is only getting bigger and stronger.

Check out the rest of the then & now slides here to see how else Seattle has changed.

Gas Works Park

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