Pike Place Market celebrated its 108th birthday yesterday! But did you know the Market was almost demolished in the 1960s? For this month's trivia question, can you figure out why Pike Place Market was nearly torn down?
A. It was severely damaged by the Great Seattle Fire.
B. A tsunami hit Seattle, destroying parts of the Market.
C. Gold was discovered underground, beneath the Market.
D. A proposal was being seriously considered to replace the Market with a
plaza that would include a hotel, an apartment building, four office
buildings, a hockey arena, and a parking garage.
If you guessed D, you're correct! The proposal to tear down the market was halted when architect Victor Steinbrueck rallied Seattle to "Save the Market." Voters approved a 17-acre historic district on November 2, 1971, and the City of Seattle later established the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority to rehabilitate and manage the Market's core buildings.