Buildings and Operations Records, 1957-1970

Overview of the Collection

Seattle Center (Seattle, Wash.); Seattle (Wash.). Building Dept.
Buildings and Operations Records
1957-1970 (inclusive)
0.6 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Records relating to the Seattle Center campus before, during, and immediately after the 1962 World's Fair.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Seattle Center Department was created in 1965 to administer, manage and control the facilities on the site of the 1962 World’s Fair. The facilities at the Seattle Center date back to 1927 with completion of the construction of the Civic Auditorium, Civic Arena, Veterans Hall, and the Civic Playfield. The property expanded to 74 acres in 1962 to accommodate the World’s Fair. The Center’s purpose is to be an active civic center providing facilities and programs supporting the arts, education, sports and entertainment. It is home for the Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, three resident theaters, and the Seattle Storm professional basketball team. In addition, there are five facilities on the grounds that are not owned by the City: the Space Needle, Memorial Stadium, the Pacific Science Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Experience Music Project.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records relating to the Seattle Center campus before, during, and immediately after the 1962 Century 21 World's Fair. Box 1 mainly contains records of Superintendent of Buildings Fred McCoy covering various infrastructure issues, such as lighting, security, and housing. Box 2 includes records of Nick Jorgenson, who was Director of Food and Merchandise Services at the post-Fair Seattle Center, as well as files regarding planning for the transition from fairgrounds to civic campus after Century 21 ended.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Buildings and Operations Records, Record Series 7605-02. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Buildings 1963-1965
1 2 Site Enclosure / Security 1963-1965
1 3 Veteran's Annex, Food Circus, Amory 1957-1970
1 4 Signs and Scoreboards 1964-1965
1 5 Housing (Expo Housing, Mobile Homes, Boats) 1962
1 6 Playhouse / Little Theatre, Exhibition Hall 1960-1961
1 7 Exhibit Hall 1962
1 8 Lighting and Sound 1961-1962
1 9 Lighting and Sound 1963-1964
1 10 Misc. (including water) 1963-1965
2 1 Site Plans 1961
2 2 Ivar's Seafood Pavilion 1961-1964
2 3 Photography 1962
2 4 World's Fair Concessionaires 1962
2 5 World's Fair Reports 1962
2 6 Post-Fair Planning 1962-1963
2 7 Liquor Control Board 1962-1963
2 8 Food Circus 1963
2 9 Alweg Monorail - Transferred Inventory 1963
2 10 Jules Charbonneau Miniature Museum 1963-1966
2 11 Museum of Flight - Drawings 1968

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)
  • Public buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Worlds Fair

Personal Names

  • Haglund, Ivar
  • Thiry, Paul, 1904-1993