The Arctic Building Walrus Heads in Seattle, Washington
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The Arctic Building Walrus Heads in Seattle, Washington

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Walruses on The Arctic Building, 700 3rd Avenue at Cherry, Seattle, WA 98104

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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 a dotted with twenty-five walrus heads!

 

Walruses on the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington

 

The Arctic Building was built to excess for people who had excess: those that returned to Seattle after striking it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush. In 1916 it was built for the Arctic Club who occupied the building until they dissolved in 1971. In 1978 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently the restored building serves as a luxury hotel, Arctic Club Seattle (a DoubleTree by Hilton).

 

Walruses on the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington

 

According to the Lonely Planet Seattle Guidebook (affiliate link) 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 replaced with epoxy substitutes.

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Walruses on the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington

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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Walruses on the Arctic Building in Seattle, Washington
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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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