Seattle ARCH Proposal

Seattle ARCH is a ruin from the never-used R.H. Thomson Expressway that symbolizes the importance of grass roots activism. It stands to remember, celebrate and honor the citizen activists that worked to stop another freeway from tearing up Seattle neighborhoods in the 1960s, and it serves to show future activists that civic engagement can produce big results.

Aerial view of existing R.H. Thomson Expressway.
Aerial view of existing R.H. Thomson Expressway and S.R. 520 ramps.
Aerial view of the Seattle ARCH ruin after demolition of unused R.H. Thomson Expressway and S.R. 520 ramps.

 

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Existing view of the unused R.H. Thomson Expressway (center and right) with the eastbound S.R. 520 onramp at Lake Washington Blvd.
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Preserved Bent 6E of the R.H. Thomson Expressway after demolition of the existing structure.

 

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Existing view of the unused R.H. Thomson Expressway at Bent 6E, including four ivy-covered columns and beam.
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Proposed Seattle ARCH ruin, marking the grass-roots movement to preserve urban neighborhoods against further destruction from freeways.
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