On a chilly December day, I took my car to the Downtown Toyota Dealership to be serviced and took the day to sketch my impressions of Downtown Seattle. My experience was one of colossal towers and intimate details. I could never include the sky in my drawings because the buildings always dominated the page.

I also had trouble maintaining proportions in these drawings because the scene extended beyond my line of sight. This resulted in most of the skyscrapers being shortened in my sketches.

This drawing is a bird's eye view of Westlake Center Plaza. On the bottom is the top of the holiday merry-go-round and the monolithic entrance to the Cascading Water Monument. In the background, Century Square looms over the public space.

This drawing is a bird’s eye view of Westlake Center Plaza. On the bottom is the top of the holiday merry-go-round and the monolithic entrance to the Cascading Water Monument. In the background, Century Square looms over the public space.

I drew this sketch of the intersection of 4th and Pike from the counter of a Seattle's Best Coffee. This was fortuitous because Pike Street is the fiction location of Cafe Nervosa in the 1990s Seattle Sitcom Frasier.

I drew this sketch of the intersection of 4th and Pike from the counter of a Seattle’s Best Coffee. This was fortuitous because Pike Street is the fiction location of Cafe Nervosa in the 1990s Seattle Sitcom Frasier.

Sketches of Olympic Tower from the top of the Westlake Center Mall.

Sketches of Olympic Tower from the top of the Westlake Center Mall.

Olympic Tower was originally named the United Shopping Tower and housed a variety of retail businesses. Unfortunately, these businesses never experienced financial success due to the stock market crash shortly after the building’s grand opening in 1929. It was converted to offices in 1932 and has housed a variety of tenants since. The building was renamed the Olympic Tower in the 1980s when it was occupied by Olympic Savings.

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