Landslide2008: Marvels of Modernism



Pacific Science Center
200 2nd Ave North
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001


A Model for the Future
The Seattle Times
40 Years of Change PDF
Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Ochsner, Jeffrey, ed. The Shaping of Seattle Architecture, A Historical Guide to the Architects. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1994.
“Seattle’s Great Performing Park.” Sunset: The Magazine of Western Living. August 1968.
Yamasaki, Minoru. A Life in Architecture. New York: Weatherhill, 1979.


Special Collections Division
University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA
“It Happened at the World's Fair,” starring Elvis Presley, features a stunning visual account of the courtyard and fountains.



Courtesy Richard Haag

Designer Bio

Minoru Yamasaki, FAIA (1912-1986) was born in Seattle, Washington, on December 1, 1912. He studied architecture at the University of Washington then moved east to complete his professional education at New York University. In 1945, he established a practice in suburban Detroit, Michigan. He is most widely-known as the chief architect of New York City’s World Trade Center, which boasted the world’s two tallest buildings upon its completion in 1976. Yamasaki designed several major Seattle buildings including the U.S. Science Pavilion (now the Pacific Science Center, 1962), the IBM Building (1964), and Rainier Square and Tower (1977) as well of dozens of spaces in Detroit including many on the campus of Wayne State University (1955-1960) and the headquarters for the Consolidated Gas Company (1963). Yamasaki was elected as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and won the organization's First Honor Award multiple times.

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List of Marvels

Boston City Hall Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts

Estates Drive Reservoir
Oakland, California

Heritage Plaza
Heritage Park
Fort Worth, Texas

Kaiser Roof Garden
Kaiser Center
Oakland, California

Lake Elizabeth
Allegheny Commons
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Manhattan Square Park
Rochester, New York

Mill Creek Canyon

Kent, Washington

Miller Garden
Columbus, Indiana

El Monte
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico

Pacific Science
Center Courtyard

Seattle, Washington

San Francisco, California

Peavey Plaza
Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota

education partners
Garden DesignGeorge Eastman House
Additional Sponsors

American Society of Landscape Architects’ Indiana, Pennsylvania/Delaware, Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, Upstate New York, and Washington Chapters • Astorino • Charles Butt • Design Within Reach • Topher Delaney • Sandy Donnell & Justin Faggioli • Fathom • Tom Fox • Hillman Foundation • Indianapolis Museum of Art • Lorraine Osmundson • Richard T. Murphy • National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Northeast, Southwest, and Western Offices- with funds from the Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation of New York, Dodge Jones Foundation Intervention Fund, and Eastern Massachusetts Preservation Fund • James Richards • Seibert & Rice • Diana & Bruce Shuman • Ann Stack • SWA Group • TBG Partners • Michal and Jeffrey William Tincup • Unilock Inc. • The Woltz Charitable Trust