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 (a $15 value). You get your choice of one of four distinct downtown tours:
- Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle's Style
- Art Deco: Diamonds & Gold
- Design Details: Lions, Griffins & Walruses, Oh My!
- Greatest Hits: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers
All four tours begin at 10 a.m. at the SAF Gallery on 5th Avenue and last roughly two hours.
With each Seattle Architecture tour, you'll gain a better understanding of the richly complex history of your local arches, beams, and arches, as well as the cultural atmospheres that shaped them. Architecture 101: Windows on Seattle's Style gives design-dabblers a crash course in distinguishing English Gothic from Beaux Arts and identifying the defining characteristics of brutalism (a structure comprised largely of death metals, gory imagery, and heavily distorted acoustics), but it also explores how the use of glass has reflected changing social trends. Art Deco: Diamonds & Gold transports time-tourists back to the Mayan temples, lavishly ornamented lobby-caves, and elegant flourishes of the Roaring '20s. Design Details: Lions, Griffins & Walruses, Oh My! will train your eye to spot the menagerie of stone wildlife that adorns so much of the Emerald City. Greatest Hits: Chart Toppers and Heart-Stoppers treats visitors and natives alike to all of Seattle's timeless favorites—the Rainier Club, the cantilevered Central Library, and the Giant Umbrella—without requiring them to buy all of the city's albums. Whatever the tour, the Seattle Architecture Foundation's educational adventure will delight families or groups of friends who have lived together for years and are now legally considered family.
Seattle Metropolitan calls the Seattle Architecture 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.