AKA: City of Seattle, Parks and Recreation Department, Ellis, Jim, Freeway Park

Structure Type: landscapes - parks - urban parks

Designers: Beamer / Wilkinson, Engineers (firm); Gilbert Forsberg Diekmann Schmidt, Civil and Structural Engineers (firm); Halprin, Lawrence and Associates, Landscape Architects (firm); Sakuma, James, and Peterson, Landscape Architects (firm); Van Slyck, Callison, Nelson, Architects (firm); Beamer (engineer); Anthony Callison (architect); Angela V. Danadjieva (architect/landscape architect/sculptor); Edward Frederick Diekmann (civil engineer); Forsberg (structural engineer); William B. Gilbert (structural engineer); Lawrence Halprin (landscape architect); Frank D. James III (landscape architect); Albert William Nelson Jr. ; Peterson (landscape architect); Iain McNaughton Robertson (landscape architect); Donald Katsumi Sakuma (landscape architect); Schmidt (structural engineer); Gerald G. Van Slyck ; Wilkinson (engineer)

Dates: constructed 1971-1976

Seattle, WA

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Freeway Park filled an irregularly shaped space bounded roughly by Sixth Avenue, Seneca Street, Ninth Avenue and Interstate 5;

Building Notes

Consulting Architects were Naramore, Bain, Brady, and Johansen (NBBJ) and Van Slyck, Callison, Nelson; Associate Landscape Architects were Sakuma, James and Peterson; Structural Engineers were Gilbert, Forsberg, Diekmann and Schmidt; Mechanical Engineers were Beamer/Wilkinson; Principal Designer for Lawrence Halprin on this project was Angela Danadjieva; when built in 1971-1976, the park occupied five-and-a-half acres.


Changes to the park's edge walls were made when the Washington State Convention and Trade Center was erected in 1988.

University of Washington (UW) faculty member in Landscape Architecture, Iain Robertson (-2021), assisted in the redevelopment of Freeway Park. The UW College of Built Environments said of his work here: "As Seattle’s Freeway Park’s plants became crowded and overgrown, and the park had fallen into disuse, Iain was brought in to help the city restore and replant the park along with developing a long-term vegetation management plan to make it once again the destination that original designer Lawrence Halprin envisioned. Iain even traveled to California to discuss and vet Halprin’s ideas for the park. Iain was involved in deciding what plants, especially what trees, were appropriate given the issues of a warming climate and the fact that, as he described it, the plants in Freeway Park were essentially growing in the equivalent of large window boxes." (See University of Washington, College of Built Environments.edu, "In Memorian: Iain Robertson," accessed 08/19/2021.)

PCAD id: 5020