• Brusselles [i.e. Bruxelles] Waffle House; Opera House right background; view N.E.

    Brusselles [i.e. Bruxelles] Waffle House; Opera House right background; view N.E.

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Belgian Waffle House (Gaufres de Bruxelles), Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair): "Belgian waffles are famous for being widely introduced at a worlds fair, and most reference books say that it was the 1964-1965 New York Worlds Fair. They are wrong. The tasty treats were a hit first in Seattle. The New York version was a lighter waffle and is better known today, but the Belgian Waffle House was a popular spot with the Seattle crowds." (Bill Cotter, Seattle's 1962 World's Fair. 2010: Arcadia Publishing, p. 101.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00414

    Date: 1962-04-01

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  • 2 houses 165 (left) and 161 (right west) Harrison Str.

    2 houses 165 (left) and 161 (right west) Harrison Str.

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Future site of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). In 1956, the City of Seattle’s Civic Center Advisory Committee selected land surrounding the existing Civic Auditorium at the foot of Queen Anne Hill for the site of the Century 21 Exposition and a future Civic Center for the city. In 1957, the city acquired the property through condemnation. With a few exceptions, including the Civic Auditorium (which was transformed into the Opera House) and the National Guard Armory (which became the Food Circus), most existing buildings were demolished. This set of photos documents the site before demolition began.

    Identifier: spl_wl_sec_00274

    Date: 1957

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  • Mexico Pavilion; Self portrait (see other photo of same subject without portrait)

    Mexico Pavilion; Self portrait (see other photo of same subject without portrait)

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Government of Mexico Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “Set off by red lavastone and amberglass walls, the Mexican pavilion offers a collection of leather goods, glassware, Indian blankets, bright cloth and clay and china pottery. Jewelry is displayed in a modernistic setting. The designers of the pavilion, Pedro Vasquez and Rafael Mijares, are from Mexico City. Mr. Molino, Director” (Official press book : Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, p. 37.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00720

    Date: 1962-10

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  • View north across lower pool U.S. Science Bldg.

    View north across lower pool U.S. Science Bldg.

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    United States Science Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “The lacy pattern of this six-unit complex placed around a central court with its 100-ft. high arches is in decided contrast to the forcefulness of Coliseum 21. In a sense, the pavilion is a salute to concrete, for it is believed to represent the largest single use of precast and prestressed structural components in the nation.” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 21)

    Identifier: spl_wl_sec_01386

    Date: 1962-04-11

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  • View N.W. of Skyride from Gay Way [i.e. Gayway]

    View N.W. of Skyride from Gay Way [i.e. Gayway]

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    The Skyride of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “The Skyride, which starts in the amusement zone, ends in the International Mall on the other side of the Fairgrounds. It is something more than the typical midway ride. Cables strung 60 and more feet above the ground carry bucket-like cars, with capacities of three persons, on a 1,400 foot sky ride. The passengers see the fair below them.” (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 115.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00984

    Date: 1962-04-18

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  • Space Needle & House of Light [i.e. Plywood Home of Living Light]; View S.E.

    Space Needle & House of Light [i.e. Plywood Home of Living Light]; View S.E.

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Space Needle and Plywood Home of Living Light exhibit, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). On the Space Needle: “The Space Needle, a modernistic totem of the Seattle World’s Fair, was conceived by Eddie Carlson as a doodle in 1959 and given form by architects John Graham Jr., Victor Steinbrueck, and John Ridley. When King County declined to fund the project, five private investors, Bagley Wright, Ned Skinner, Norton Clapp, John Graham Jr., and Howard S. Wright, took over and built the 605-foot tower in less than a year.” (Walt Crowley, “Space Needle (Seattle).” HistoryLink.org, http://historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=1424) On the Plywood Home of Living Light: "The unique Home of Living Light for Tomorrow, The Douglas Fir Plywood Association Exhibit which dramatizes the many possibilities of a completely new approach to home construction, is located on Freedom Way, at the north end of the Boulevards of the World. The Practical Builder, a trade publication, cooperated in the design of the house, which was created by the Tacoma architectural firm of Liddle and Jones. The walls are made of continuous wood paneling which, like corrugated packing paper, is rigid in one direction and flexible in the other. The results are walls that can take shape and still support the required roof loads." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 47.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00594

    Date: 1962-04-28

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  • Coliseum under construction; Architect: Paul Thiry; View north

    Coliseum under construction; Architect: Paul Thiry; View north

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Washington State Coliseum, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “Superlatives are helpful in describing the fair’s $4 million theme building, for it is one of the largest clear span structures in the world; and the aluminum roof, the only one of its kind in existence, sweeps 110 ft. into the air at the apex, supported by steel compression trusses rising from massive concrete abutments.” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 17.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_sec_00468

    Date: 1961-03

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  • View east of plaza south of Coliseum with Space Needle

    View east of plaza south of Coliseum with Space Needle

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Little Hippo Inn / Hippo Burger Restaurant, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "Snacks and meals are available almost anywhere you go on the fairgrounds. In addition to the food concessions to be found in the fabulous Food Circus...there are places to eat in every area." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 135.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00438

    Date: 1962-07

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  • One of 2 lions at entrance to World's Fair Museum

    One of 2 lions at entrance to World's Fair Museum

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    The World’s Fair Museum operated on the grounds of the Seattle Center, in the former United Arab Republic Pavilion of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair), during the summer of 1963. It displayed photographs and artifacts from the fair.

    Identifier: spl_wl_sec_02007

    Date: 1963-08-16

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  • Sunny last day; view So. On Blvd. East (3rd Ave. No.)

    Sunny last day; view So. On Blvd. East (3rd Ave. No.)

    Lenggenhager, Werner W., 1899-1988

    Boulevards of the World at the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). "The Boulevards of the World area is the shopping center of the fair. Stores, stands and kiosks displaying the goods and gifts of a dozen nations line the gay and colorful thoroughfares that tie the five theme Worlds of Century 21 together." (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 119.)

    Identifier: spl_wl_exp_00338

    Date: 1962-10-21

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