Westlake Center - Wikipedia

Westlake Center
Seattle Westlake 03.jpg
Westlake Center in 2006
LocationSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Opening dateOctober 20, 1988; 33 years ago (1988-10-20)[1]
DeveloperThe Rouse Company
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group[2]
OwnerBrookfield Properties Retail Group
No. of stores and services21
No. of anchor tenants1
Total retail floor area102,706 square feet (9,500 m2)
No. of floors4
Parking300 spaces

Westlake Center is a four-story shopping center and 25-story office tower in downtown Seattle, Washington, United States. The southern terminus of the Seattle Center Monorail, it is located across Pine Street from Westlake Park, between 4th and 5th Avenues. It is named for Westlake Avenue, which now terminates north of the mall but once ran two blocks farther south to Pike Street. Westlake Park is considered Seattle's "town square"[3] and celebrities and political figures often make appearances or give speeches from the building's balcony.[4][5]

The current shopping center began construction in 1986 after over 20 years of planning, and opened its doors on October 20, 1988.[6] The building was designed by RTKL Associates on a site of 11,000 square metres (120,000 sq ft).[7]

Surrounding area[edit]

Panoramic view of Westlake Center.

Surrounding the mall and park, Seattle's main shopping district draws scores of both locals and visitors (the Washington State Convention and Trade Center is located in this district). To the west of Westlake Center is the main store for Macy's Northwest (previously the flagship store and corporate headquarters for The Bon Marché). To the east is the flagship Nordstrom store and corporate headquarters (previously the flagship store of Frederick & Nelson). In the surrounding area are locations for various major retailers and restaurant chains.

Seattle's version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is located in this area. Also, many stores were vandalized during the WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999, during which massive protests occurred in downtown Seattle. It was also the site of the Occupy Seattle protest, which was a solidarity demonstration for Occupy Wall Street.

Public transportation hub[edit]

Westlake Center is a public transportation hub for Seattle, serving as a terminus for the Seattle Center Monorail and the South Lake Union Streetcar. Underneath the mall is the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel which houses several stops on Sound Transit's Link light rail line.

Westlake Center Plaza[edit]

Westlake Center Plaza is located on the corner of 4th Avenue and Pine St and has a small, one-story (plus loft) retail pavilion. The plaza is covered in gray pavers and features several small trees. The retail space totals 870 sq ft (81 m2) and is leased to Starbucks (it was previously leased to Seattle's Best Coffee). The space employs about 40 people and is the second busiest Starbucks in North America.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dougherty, Phil (January 10, 2008). "Westlake Center opens in downtown Seattle on October 20, 1988". historylink.org. History Link. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Westlake Center". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  3. ^ Downtown Parks Renaissance Archived 2006-03-23 at the Wayback Machine, Seattle Downtown Parks & Public Spaces Task Force Report, Final Report March 16, 2006. Page A1 (27 of 34 in the PDF). Accessed online 2014-01-19.
  4. ^ Executive Sims' National Day of Prayer and Remembrance address at the Internet Archive, originally at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2014-08-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link), the old site of Metro/King County, dated September 14, 2001. Ron Sims was County Executive at the time. Accessed online 2014-01-19
  5. ^ Kevin Pelton, Storm Celebrates in Style, storm.wnba.com, October 16, 2004. Accessed online 2014-01-19.
  6. ^ Stein, Alan (January 10, 2008). "Seattle's Central Association unveils Westlake Center plans on December 3, 1968". HistoryLink. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Barry Maitland. The new architecture of the retail mall. p. 148.

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