Pacific Science Center Designated Historic Landmark

Contact: Crystal Clarity
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 443-3659
cclarity@pacsci.org

pacsci-overviewSEATTLE - July 22, 2010 - Pacific Science Center today announced the designation of its Seattle campus as a City of Seattle Landmark, making it one of only two Seattle landmarks to be designated under all six designation criteria. Last night's unanimous vote by the City of Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board was an exciting step toward preserving the legacy of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair as embodied in the Science Center while also recognizing the dynamic programming needs and opportunities for the future.

"Pacific Science Center is a vital community resource. As the stewards of this campus, we sought nomination and fully support and embrace landmark designation," said Bryce Seidl, Pacific Science Center president and CEO.

"As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Science Center, we want to ensure that our next 50 years are as inspiring and engaging as the first. While we celebrate and recognize the contributions and accomplishments that have made this institution what it is today, we are also looking to the future so that the Science Center can meet the future needs of the community, region and state."

Designed and built by the United States Government as part of the Seattle World's Fair, Pacific Science Center first opened its doors as a private not- for-profit on October 22, 1962, the day after the Fair closed. Since then, the Science Center's graceful arches have been an iconic element in the city skyline and its exhibits and programs have inspired generations of curious minds. In 2004 Pacific Science Center acquired full title to its land and buildings. As proud stewards of this acclaimed Minoru Yamasaki- designed campus, the Science Center is committed to its preservation for future generations while ensuring future programming that reflects the ever-changing world of science and technology.

As an important community asset that requires maintenance and upgrades to remain viable, historic landmark status clarifies and secures better understanding of the importance of its aging facilities. While the Science Center is working to envision its long-term capability to meet the needs and expectations of a changing community, the community can feel confident that the fundamental iconic architecture will be preserved and respected.

With statewide input, Pacific Science Center's new strategic plan lays a foundation for the institution to better serve guests of all ages and stages of life. Expanded programs and new permanent exhibits will be developed with the flexibility required to respond to the rapid advancements in science, technology and engineering. The Science Center will expand its role as a driving force for science education, continuing to foster scientific literacy throughout the community. These efforts will ensure that Pacific Science Center's next 50 years are as inspiring and engaging as its first.