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Seattle's Best "Not-So-Glamorous" Restored Buildings

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Lawrence Kreisman, program director of Historic Seattle, recently penned an article for the Seattle Times about Seattle's "not-so-glamorous buildings" that have been preserved in order to maintain "our sense of place."

These are the kind of buildings that restore our civic pride in the neighborhood we live in, or work in or just walk through. Below, let's take a look around Seattle at the preserved "non-landmarks" that Kreisman points out in his article. You might just recognize many of them already.

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1. Red Mill Totem House

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3058 NW 54th St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-1400

Built around 1939 as a Native American arts and crafts shop, it's now home to Red Mill Totem House and a beautiful totem out front.

2. Melrose Market

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1501-1535 Melrose Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 568-2666
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The Melrose Market buildings were once auto repair and rebuild shops built in 1919 and 1926.

3. William Tell Building

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2327 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

Built in 1924, this classic downtown Seattle landmark has undergone renovations and updates on its way to landmark status.

4. Top Pot Doughnuts

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6855 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 525-1966
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As a company, Top Pot tries to go out of their way to put stores in restored buildings as a way to integrate into the neighborhood.

5. Cadillac Hotel

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319 2nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98168

One of the first masonry buildings constructed after the city's Great Fire of 1889 and almost demolished after the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, this has been rehabbed by architect Ron Murphy.

6. 401 E. Pine St.

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401 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122

The former home of the Petroleum Museum was restored to its original beauty from its days on the Pike/Pine "auto-row"

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1. Red Mill Totem House

3058 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107

Built around 1939 as a Native American arts and crafts shop, it's now home to Red Mill Totem House and a beautiful totem out front.

3058 NW 54th St
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Melrose Market

1501-1535 Melrose Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

The Melrose Market buildings were once auto repair and rebuild shops built in 1919 and 1926.

1501-1535 Melrose Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

3. William Tell Building

2327 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Built in 1924, this classic downtown Seattle landmark has undergone renovations and updates on its way to landmark status.

2327 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

4. Top Pot Doughnuts

6855 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

As a company, Top Pot tries to go out of their way to put stores in restored buildings as a way to integrate into the neighborhood.

6855 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

5. Cadillac Hotel

319 2nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98168

One of the first masonry buildings constructed after the city's Great Fire of 1889 and almost demolished after the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, this has been rehabbed by architect Ron Murphy.

319 2nd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98168

6. 401 E. Pine St.

401 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122

The former home of the Petroleum Museum was restored to its original beauty from its days on the Pike/Pine "auto-row"

401 East Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122