Century 21 Digital Collection
Preview up to 100 items from this collection below. Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair showcased Seattle as a space-age city. See photos, brochures, postcards and other items related to Seattle’s 1960s vision of the future.
View N.W. from stadium to Spanish Village with playhouse top right
Spanish Village, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). The Spanish Village “includes a flamenco restaurant; a miniature house that is a replica of the birthplace of Father Junipero Serra, the first Spanish priest to come to the West Coast, and a patio courtyard.” (Seattle Times, June 10, 1962, p. 140.)
Date: 1962-09View this item
Entrance to Transportation Pavilion
Transport 21 Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). “Four railroads have joined to finance a look at railroad transportation in the next century: Northern Pacific, Milwaukee, Union Pacific and Great Northern. There is a special emphasis on the integration of transportation and industry, making it easy to gather finished products for inter-city shipment. Dean Eastman, chairman” (Official press book: Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Century 21 Exposition, 1962, p. 41.)
Date: 1962-10View this item
Interior View of State Coliseum for Century 21 Exposition
Article from January 1, 1960 issue of Progress, describing construction of Washington State Coliseum for Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).
Date: 1960-01-01View this item
View N.W. of Int. Exhibit area north of Coliseum
Construction of International Mall of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). “Six hyperbolic paraboloid shells blending into a single fluted column make up two of the exhibit buildings; the third, not shown, is simply a box beam shelter. The twin structures actually are a collection of 52 of these shells and, with their classic Oriental overtones, seem to be particularly fitting for the foreign displays they contain. A fine, clean concrete surface was created by coating the four forms with fiberglass. High-early cement was used to cast the 1 ½ in. thick shells. With temperatures ranging from 35 to 65 deg., calcium chloride was added and cylinder strengths of over 3,000 lb. were obtained in 24 hours. Located on the northwest corner of the exposition site, the inside-out umbrellas with their colorful fiberglass panels present an exciting boundary.” (An Architect’s Guidebook to the Seattle World’s Fair. Seattle, Pacific Builder and Engineer, April 1962, p. 32.)
Date: 1962-02-11View this item
View west; Telephone bldg. right center
View of Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).
Date: 1962-09View this item
View N.W. of Chun King Café
Chun King Chinese restaurant, on United Nations Way opposite Food Circus, 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.)
Date: 1962-06-19View this item
Inscription on both stone lions at World's Fair Museum donated by Republic of China
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.
Date: 1963-08-03View this item
View S.E. Left Information Pavilion; Back is partial view of U.S. Science Pavilion
General Insurance Company Information Center and United States Science Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World’s Fair). On the Information Center, designed by Austin Associates: “The Seattle World's Fair Information Center is located in front of the United States Science Pavilion on Friendship Mall. It is sponsored by the General Insurance Company of America, whose home office is in Seattle. A coral-colored nylon roof tops the open-sided structure. Ten trained guides help visitors with information about the fair, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The guides, young ladies dressed in yellow blouses and brown skirts, have complete information on locations of buildings, exhibits and service facilities at the-fair. In addition, they will answer questions about places to see, transportation, lodging, service club meetings and sightseeing.” (Official Guide Book, Seattle World's Fair 1962. Seattle: Acme Publications. p. 64.) On the United States Science Pavilion, designed by Minoru Yamasaki and Associates and Naramore, Bain, Brady & Johanson: “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.)
Date: 1962-02-25View this item
View S.W. of Opera House entrance from Mercer Str.
Opera House, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair). “The brand-new Opera House (225 Mercer Street) had been constructed within the shell of Seattle's old Civic Auditorium -- which New York Times critic Harold C. Schonberg described as a ‘6,000 seat, flat-floored, unpleasant’ space that had ‘held just about everything but bullfights.’ Now the hall was the 3,100 seat pride of the town's arts establishment.” (Peter Blecha, “Century 21 Exposition (1962): Performing Arts at the Fair.” HistoryLink.org, http://historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=9371
Date: 1962-06View this item
View N.E. of fair
Aerial view of the Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair).
Date: 1962-09-30View this item