May 26, 2011


Seattle's Space Needle celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, so what better way for an architecture geek like myself to celebrate than with snapshots of other stellar examples of Googie architecture in the Pacific Northwest?


Originally named "The Space Cage," the Space Needle was built for the 1962 World's Fair.

Photo: King County Tax Assessor

Within months of being declared a historic landmark in 2008, the Denny's in the Ballard area was demolished after the developer challenged the ruling.

Photo: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Though it may not have been intentional, The Oregon City Municipal Elevator built in 1954 certainly looks Googie if you ask me!


H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, B.C., is 360-degree planetarium.

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