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Like mathematics and buffalo wings, architecture is so deeply ingrained in our modern world that it sometimes goes unnoticed. For $7, today’s Groupon will open your eyes with a ticket to your choice of four architectural walking tours held on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays from The Seattle Architecture Foundation. Gain a better understanding of the richly complex history of your local arches, beams, and arches. It’s the perfect educational adventure for families or groups of friends who have lived together for years and are now legally considered family.
Since the very first person escaped a tiger through a wisely dug cave, architecture has existed. Architecture is a statement of the present that reflects upon the past and plants the seeds of the future. Join in the vast tradition with an education from one of fourteen distinct tours:
- Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle’s Style
- Art + Architecture: Let the Streets be Your Museum!
- Art Deco: Diamonds & Gold
- Design Details: Lions, Griffins, & Walruses, Oh My!
- Gay Pioneer Square: Coming Out from Underground
- Greatest Hits: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers
- Historic Skyscrapers: Concrete, Steel, Glass and Egos
- Modern Skyscrapers: What’s New?
Community Tours * Bellevue: 2.0 * Cascade: “Tenass Chuck” Grows Up * Harvard Belmont District: The Rich Life on Capitol Hill * International District: Diversity Defined * Pike/Pine: Cars, Bars and Dead Rock Stars * South Lake Union: Extreme Makeover
All fourteen tours begin at 10 a.m., last roughly two hours, and will give you all kinds of conversational fodder at any fundraiser that supports discovering new ways to brand cattle. Your departure location will vary depending on which tour you choose. These buildings are more than utilitarian structures created for man to send emails and write with pencils, they are designed out of vast waves of historical forethought and are meant to intrigue the mind and welcome the eyes. Carry your new architectural education into the guiding philosophy for your birdhouse construction agency that employs only living parakeets.
The Seattle Metropolitan calls The Seattle Architectural Foundation a top 26 way to spend a memorable Saturday, and the Seattle Times writes that the book that mirrors the foundation’s tours is an excellent resource to the city’s structural history.
Seattle Architecture Foundation
While it’s impossible to know what Seattle’s skyline will look like in the future, the Seattle Architecture Foundation hopes that citizens at least have some input and interest in the developments. To do this, the organization arranges a slew of architecture- and design-related walking tours, lectures, youth workshops, and volunteer opportunities throughout the city. Ideally, the activities help people become more informed and enthusiastic about great design and more willing to become involved when the city finally launches into space.