Seattle Then and Now
By Benjamin Lukoff
(Thunder Bay Press, Hardcover, 9781607101314, 144pp.)
Publication Date: December 2010
Categories: United States - West - Pacific (General)
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Seattle Then and Now presents archival photos along with modern views of the same sites as they appear today. One can see the city as it looked when Denny Hill still rose above downtown, when the University of Washington occupied a mere city block, when Duwamish canoes still put in at Ballast Island, and when missiles were based in Magnolia and naval aircraft at Sand Point.
Thanks to the efforts of preservationists, places like Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market look much as they did a century ago, while structures such as Union Station and the Eagles Auditorium live on with new uses. This book highlights some of the best-loved places in the city along with striking examples of modern architecture that help make Seattle such a vibrant and innovative city.
Seattle native Benjamin D. Lukoff’s interest in local history was kindled at the age of six, when his father bought him pioneer granddaughter Sophie Frye Bass’s Pig-Tail Days in Old Seattle at the gift shop of the Museum of History and Industry. He studied English, Russian, and linguistics at the University of Washington, and earned his master’s in English linguistics from University College London in 2001. After serving for a number of years as music editor at Amazon.com, he became a freelance writer and editor. In addition to his own history blog, his writing has appeared in the Pacific Northwest online newspaper Crosscut.com.