I Am The Walrus
I Am The Walrus
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My menagerie of downtown Seattle buildings continues…but this time, instead of eagles, we have the walrus-themed Arctic Club on Cherry.  This is the building that, each time I pass by it, always reminds me of I Am The Walrus from the Beatles 1967 Love album. You know, the crazy one from Lennon & McCartney that goes: “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” (Trivia fact: Seattle was the first city in the United States to play a Beatles song on the radio) 


The Arctic Building was built in 1916 as the headquarters for the Arctic Club, a business and social organisation founded on the back of those who made their fortune during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. It is now a successful hotel. This ornate and historic landmark is beloved by Seattleites due to its terra-cotta walruses that adorn each of the windows around its third floor.


However the original terra-cotta tusks had some dental work done to them: they were removed years ago as a precaution against potential injury to passer-byes in earthquakes, and replaced with fake fibreglass ones. Thirteen of the walrus heads were also removed during a 1997 renovation and replaced with new, hand-sculpted ones by Boston Valley Terra Cotta near Buffalo, NY, one of only two U.S. companies currently producing architectural terra-cotta.


Leica M6 Classic & 90mm Summicron

Kodak Portra 160 (new)

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