Do you ever have the feeling that you are being watched when you walk in downtown Seattle? You are probably right. Hundreds of eyes peer out from buildings in the city observing your every step. Neither human nor electronic, these ever-present watchers belong to a veritable Noah’s Ark’s worth of carved and molded animals gazing out from Seattle buildings. This perambulation of the central business district will reveal a menagerie of beasts fabled, fantastic, and fierce.
David B. Williams is a freelance writer focused on the intersection of people and the natural world, particularly in the urban landscape. He is the author of Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, which won the 2016 Virginia Marie Folkins Award, given by the Association of King County Historical Organizations to an outstanding historical publication. He has also written The Seattle Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City. This walk is from his newest book, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City.
Meet at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Lenora Street. The walking tour ends at 215 Columbia Street. Total distance is about 1.5 miles, one way. Note: A pair of binoculars is recommended for the walk.
Registration: $25 members; $35 general public