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The 26 best things to do in Seattle

The city’s most iconic buildings, parks, public art, and more for you to visit right now.

Offer to buy the Showbox could keep it a venue long-term

STG, which operates historic Seattle venues like the Paramount, Moore, and Neptune theaters, has joined up with Historic Seattle to submit an offer to purchase the Showbox.

Georgetown Steam Plant is getting a refresh

The historic property received some extra funds for renovation as it explores avenues for activation

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Seattle’s most haunted hotels for ghostly vacations

Check into these storied, historic hotels—but never check out.

Historic 1890s log house built by Swedish immigrants listed for $2.5 million

The Nelson-Parker House, aka the "Swedish House," is on the National Register of Historic Places—but has tons of respectful, modern updates.

Adaptive reuse of former funeral home breaks ground in Fremont

Bleitz Funeral Home is getting a new life as new office space springs up around it

The Showbox gets its landmark designation

It’s officially nominated as a landmark—and still in a temporary historic district.

Smith Tower, more than a century old, goes LEED Platinum

One of Seattle’s most iconic landmarks just got a thoroughly modern green-building certification—even though it’s 105 years old.

Judge tosses Showbox-preserving temporary zoning

Removing the City Council-implemented liferaft puts the venue’s future in question—but it’s still being considered for landmark status

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Can the Showbox be saved?

Through zoning and landmarking, local groups are trying to save a long-standing music venue—but ownership is fighting back.

Two Showbox preservation efforts move forward

It’s officially nominated as a landmark—and still in a temporary historic district.

Capitol Hill’s historic Gaslight Inn listed for $3.5 million

This incredibly ornate Seattle Box is a city landmark

The iconic Lake Union Steam Plant smokestacks are getting a new look

The historic Lake Union Steam Plant—recognizable from I-5 as the building with the Zymogenetics smoke stacks—is getting a new paint job.

The Showbox will be considered for landmark status this June

After a highly publicized preservation effort, a hearing date has been set.

UW’s Gothic-style Eagleson Hall up for landmark status

The building, now the home of the School of Social Work, started its life as a YMCA.

Gas Works Park is a beautiful way to remember a toxic past

How a groundbreaking cleanup transformed a former gas plant—and created one of Seattle’s most beloved parks.

The State Hotel is open in historic Eitel Building

The opening follows a dramatic restoration

The Broad Street Substation is now a city landmark

The concrete campus by the Seattle Center is still an active Seattle City Light facility

Beacon Hill’s Van Asselt School is up for landmark status

Two buildings on the campus have been nominated

The Turner-Koepf House—known as Beacon Hill Garden House—is up for landmark status

The nomination follows a community-led preservation effort

Roslyn Cafe, famous for the ‘Northern Exposure’ camel mural, is for sale

The mural grew from a love of camels and stuck around thanks to television fame.

Historic Eitel Building will open as State Hotel in March

The dramatic restoration is nearing completion

With an NHL franchise approved, Seattle Center Arena prepares to break ground

The $700 million project was designed to court NHL and NBA teams

Historic Tacoma Elks Lodge will reopen as a McMenamins complex in April

Peek inside the restoration process for the hotel, music venue, and collection of bars and restaurants

The Seattle Center Armory started as an actual military armory—and evolved

It’s not just a cute name: The building formerly known as the Center House even still has a secret shooting range in the basement

Office and retail space planned for Bleitz Funeral Home site

Developer Pastakia + Associates plans to repurpose the historic building as part of the four-story project

Graduate Seattle opens in former Hotel Deca

The university-centered hotel chain aims to combine Deco heritage with modern Seattle

Bergman Luggage building up for city landmark status

The neon-wrapped corner building was originally an auto showroom

Palihotel opens in historic building by Pike Place Market

Located in the Colonnade Hotel building, it has a cozy, vintage vibe—and some bunk beds

Pike Place’s Butterworth Building has pretty much been creepy since day one

The Beaux Arts building started its life as a massive mortuary

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13 Victorian homes on the market in Washington State

Ornate Victorian mansions were among the initial styles to be built by some of the region's wealthiest landowners and businesspeople.

Townhome in a former church listed for $2.15 million

This is an especially opulent unit in the already-ritzy Sanctuary building

Seattle City Council approves Key Arena renovation agreements

The $700 million project can move forward—with completion scheduled for 2020

Beacon Hill’s historic Victorian ‘Garden House’ listed for $1.75M

The Turner-Koepf House is on the National Register of Historic Places

The eight-decade history of the Showbox

A look back at the long history of the music venue that’s fueling a campaign to save it

Durkan shows both support and reservations in signing Showbox legislation

The mayor didn’t stand in the way of recent City Council legislation, but expressed concerns

Bill to loop Showbox into Pike Place Market district approved by City Council

This loops the building in with the Market for 10 months, giving the city longer to think about a solution.

Effort to loop the Showbox into the Pike Place Market historic district continues

Complete with a Katy Perry stamp of approval

Coalition of preservation groups submit landmark nomination for the Showbox

Developer Onni had announced it would submit its own, but a group of nonprofits beat them to it