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Feet First Downtown Architecture Walking Tour

Explore Downtown Seattle Architecture with Author David B. Williams!

Do you ever have the feeling that you are being watched when you walk in downtown Seattle? You are right. Hundreds of eyes peer out from buildings in the city seeing your every step. Neither human nor electronic, these ever-present watchers belong to dozens of carved and molded animals gazing out from Seattle buildings.

This 1.5 mile walk through Seattle’s central business district (2.5 miles round trip) will explore this city’s rich architectural heritage, revealing a menagerie of beasts fabled, fantastic, and fierce, including lions, eagles, ducks, and walruses, in addition to likely sightings of live birds and other animals in our city.

This walk is one of the seventeen contained in author, educator, and naturalist David B. Williams’s latest book, Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. He is also the author of several other books on local geography, including the award-winning Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography. Williams is a former national park ranger, outdoor instructor, and museum educator. He is currently Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum.

Tickets are only $20 each. All proceeds will help Feet First, Washington’s only statewide pedestrian advocacy group. Feet First works with communities, schools, government agencies, and elected officials to promote policies and actions to improve pedestrian safety, mobility, and access for all.

Saturday, November 2, 10am–12noon, at the corner of Western Ave. and Blanchard St. in downtown Seattle.

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