Seattle had a fire in 1889 which burned over 25 blocks due to the houses being made of wood. The fire started in a paint and woodwork shop and left little standing in its wake. To rebuild the city, the streets were raised 22 feet and buildings made of stone. This raising of the street level 22 feet left the remaining buildings with "basements" below street level. The guided tour took us underground to see the now buried subterranean structures. The fire reputedly did not kill anyone but it did rid the city of its many rats and vermin. It also brought in a new fire department due to the volunteer fire department of pre fire era all resigning. New hydrants were also built to increase water pressure as there was hardly any good water pressure at the time of the fire.
The fire started in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle which today is a popular tourist attraction.
Our next stop was to the Dale Chihuly Glass Museum which was within a block of the famous Seattle Space Needle. We had been up the space needle many years ago so did not bother to go up again this time around.
The visit to the Dale Chihuly Glass Museum was very interesting. Dale Chihuly is an American Pioneer Glass Blower and he created lots of beautiful glass sculptures some of which are on display at this museum. The museum has displays of his artwork both inside and outside in the gardens.
I took lots of photos. Here are some of the best, I think.
The gardens outside although crowded still allowed you to take reasonable photographs. Plants were colour coordinated with the glass displays.
The ceiling of the cafe "accordion" to me, was a place of music as shown by the ceiling display.