The Arctic Building
Washington

The Arctic Building

I’m sure you’ve all seen buildings dressed with gargoyle accouterments…but how about walruses? The exterior of the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington is dotted with twenty-five walrus heads!

Walruses on the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington.

The building was built to excess for people who had excess: those that returned to Seattle after striking it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush!

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According to the Lonely Planet Seattle Guidebook that pointed me in the building’s direction, the tusks of the walruses are said to have originally been authentic ivory. However, when an earthquake hit in the 1940s a few of them were shaken loose. Because of the hazard this caused to pedestrians they were then replaces with epoxy substitutes.

Walruses on the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington.

Site: Walruses on The Arctic Building
Location: 700 3rd Avenue at Cherry, Seattle, WA 98104
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible
Date: June 24, 2009

 

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