Westlake Center

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This article is about the shopping center in Washington State. For the mall in Bessemer, Alabama, see The Mall at Westlake.
Westlake Center
Seattle Westlake 03.jpg
Location Seattle, Washington
Opening date 1988
Developer The Rouse Company
Management General Growth Properties
Owner General Growth Properties
No. of stores and services 63 [1]
No. of anchor tenants N/A
Total retail floor area 369,000 ft²
No. of floors 4
Parking 300

Westlake Center is a four-story shopping center and twenty-five story office tower in Downtown Seattle, Washington, USA. 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"[1] and celebrities and political figures often make appearances or give speeches from the building's balcony.[2][3]

The structure was designed by RTKL Associats on 11,000 square meters.[4] Opened in 1988 by The Rouse Company, since 2004 it has been owned by Real Estate Investment Trust General Growth Properties.

Surrounding area[edit]

Nordstrom's corporate headquarters and flagship store

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 retailers American Apparel, American Eagle Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic (in the remodeled Coliseum Theater), Barneys New York, Benetton, Betsey Johnson, Brooks Brothers, Cartier, Coach, Diesel, Eddie Bauer, GAP, Gucci, Gymboree, Hot Topic, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Louis Vuitton, Men's Wearhouse, Nine West, The North Face, Nike Town, Old Navy, Urban Outfitters, Sunglass Hut, and Tiffany & Company are located near Westlake. Also, many upscale restaurants including Cheesecake Factory and Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, as well as the first GameWorks and Mobatta Crepes Restaurant, are nearby.

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. Beneath the mall, in the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, are stops for Metro buses and Sound Transit's Link Light Rail.

Westlake Center Plaza[edit]

The cascading water monument in the plaza

Westlake Center Plaza is on the corner of 4th Ave. and Pine St and has a small, one-story plus loft retail pavilion. The plaza is covered in gray pavers and holds several small trees. The retail space is 870 sq ft (81 m2). and leased to the Seattle-based company Starbucks. Previous to Starbucks, the space was leased to Seattle's Best Coffee. The space employs about 40 people, and is the second busiest Starbucks in North America.[citation needed] The plaza has several crime-element concerns (that are not any different than the rest of downtown Seattle) and is often monitored by the security contracted by the mall.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Downtown Parks Renaissance, 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.
  2. ^ Executive Sims' National Day of Prayer and Remembrance address on Internet Archive, originally at http://www.metrokc.gov/exec/speeches/091401.htm, the old site of Metro/King County, dated September 14, 2001. Ron Sims was County Executive at the time. Accessed online 2014-01-19
  3. ^ Kevin Pelton, Storm Celebrates in Style, storm.wnba.com, October 16, 2004. Accessed online 2014-01-19.
  4. ^ Barry Maitland. The new architecture of the retail mall. p. 148. 

Coordinates: 47°36′42″N 122°20′14″W / 47.61167°N 122.33722°W / 47.61167; -122.33722