Steampunk Inspiration – Seattle Edition

Ispent the last few days wandering about Seattle. I spent a lot of time there when I was younger, but hadn’t been downtown for years, so armed with my trusty camera, I went on a hunt for inspiration.

Pioneer Square Seattle
Pioneer Square Seattle

There are old brick buildings scattered all around Seattle’s downtown. The one in the photo above had a huge smokestack built into it. I have no idea what it was for or what it’s being used for now, but the the hue of old brick is so rich.

Pioneer Square Underground Tours
Pioneer Square Underground Tours

I didn’t go on the underground tour, but I’m curious about the tunnels built under the city. I’d like to try it out next time. They rarely build entrances like that anymore.

Giant Shoe Museum
Giant Shoe Museum

On the second level of Pike Place market, you can find antique shops, and strange things like this in the photo above. It’s hard to take photos because there’s not much light. I think I bought a magic set here once. It was right beside a record shop plastered with vintage posters of pinup girls.


This one brings back memories. I had my favorite horse on the carousel by the waterfront. It’s hidden behind an old fashioned arcade, including a coin operated fortune teller, and vintage machines, mixed in with a few newer video terminals.


Then there’s the hall of creepy heads. I thought that maybe someone would have taken them down by now, but they’re still there all these years later.

I’ll do a Vancouver edition someday soon.

20 Comments to “Steampunk Inspiration – Seattle Edition”

      1. If I may join the convo, I agree with Stephen…And also, crousels seem to be a treasure chest of plot devices…Each horse is different, why? Are they special? Does the carousel spin backwards every full moon? And who devised this? What are the paintings on the inside of the carousel? Who are they of, who painted them? Why on earth is the carousel there, and why on earth does it have a mule on it? Etcetera…

  1. This was a fun post. 🙂

    Ah downtown Seattle, with thy brick buildings and random smokestacks of old. Old buildings are so intriguing, especially with all their detail work!!! 🙂

    That’s a great entrance! Although I must say that the “Shoe Museum” is rather sketchy…lol 😀

      1. Ah gotta love steampunk/cyberpunk/gothic/sketchball scams!!!!

        And “You get what you pay for, adjusted for inflation” is SO what one of those curly-mustached ringmasters lusting for cash would say!!!! GREAT LINE!!! 😀

    1. I need to dig through my photos to find some of Gastown. There’s also a Victorian museum downtown, and the roundhouse in Yaletown. I’m sure there’s more to find. I’m also from Vancouver 🙂

  2. Nice photos! Been to Seattle a few times recently and had the opportunity to walk around with a few locals through the older districts of town. I’m always drawn to the quirky character-filled old buildings and love their contrast to the new and shiny skyscrapers. That’s probably why I’m drawn to those older European capitals so much i guess …!

    1. The contrast is quite stark. Some of those modern buildings (like the downtown library) are a lot of fun too, but I think old buildings have a lot of character. Maybe it’s the sense of history that gives them presence. hmm

  3. I’m always intrigued by buildings in towns and how they can be so different in different places. Down here in California, we have fewer brick buildings since my understanding is they aren’t “desirable” during earthquakes.

    I’ve had a friend who raved about the underground tour. (On my brief visit to Seattle, I’ve only seen REI… helping a friend pick up her skis).

    1. T.S. Bazelli Author

      It’s funny since Seattle is still in the same earthquake zone, I believe. Every city has its own character. I love getting out and exploring.

      Will do the underground tour next time I think!

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