Westlake Center

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Westlake Center
Seattle Westlake 03.jpg
LocationSeattle, Washington
Opening date1988; 31 years ago (1988)
DeveloperThe Rouse Company
ManagementBrookfield Properties Retail Group
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 twenty-five story office tower in Downtown Seattle. 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"[2] and celebrities and political figures often make appearances or give speeches from the building's balcony.[3][4]

The structure was designed by RTKL Associats on 11,000 square meters.[5]

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 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]

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.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Westlake Center". Brookfield Properties Retail Group.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.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
  4. ^ Kevin Pelton, Storm Celebrates in Style, storm.wnba.com, October 16, 2004. Accessed online 2014-01-19.
  5. ^ 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