May 1, 2020
Preparations for the Century 21 World’s Fair in Lower Queen Anne were well under way by May 1959. The site for the Fair and condemnation of existing properties had been approved in 1957, five years before the Fair opened.
In this May 7, 1959 image, members of the Century 21 planning commission inspect the demolition of residential properties on Warren Ave. N. This street, which runs along the western edge of the World’s Fair site — now Seattle Center — was the location of the Warren Avenue Elementary School (1902-1959) and dozens of single-family homes.
Warren Ave. N. in May,1959. Image courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives #61209