AKA: Discovery Park Visitors Center #2, Magnolia, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: landscapes - parks - urban parks

Designers: Miller Hull Partnership, LLP (firm); Robert E. Hull (architect); David Edward Miller (architect)

Dates: constructed 1996

3801 Discovery Park Boulevard
Magnolia, Seattle, WA 98199

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The Seattle Parks Department and the Discovery Park Advisory Committee commissioned the Miller Hull Partnership, LLP, to design this small complex located within the 534-acre Discovery Park, what once was the US Army's Fort Lawton. The visitor center was meant to welcome the visitor and sensitize him or her to the park's natural resources. According to the Miller Hull web site: "...this center fulfills its mission and promotes a genuine appreciation of this very special natural resource. Public activities within the center will take place in the exhibit space off the lobby, Discovery Room (for children), classrooms, a multipurpose room, and an outdoor gathering porch and its adjacent green. A separate day camp building for 60 children is located off the green." (See "Discovery Park Visitor Center,"Accessed 04/09/2014.) This was the second visitor's center at Discovery Park. Miller Hull supervised the thorough re-planting of native species on the previous center's site.

Tel: 206.386.4236 (2014). This project won multiple awards including: a American Institute of Architects (AIA), Seattle Chapter, Honor Award, 1999; American Wood Council Citation Award, 1998; Public Projects Construction Data and News, Award of Merit, 1997.

PCAD id: 19181