Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - markets

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1946

Iwasaki came to the United States in 1923, just as immigration quotas severely constricted the flow of immigrants out of Japan and China. He first worked in the lumbermills of Enumclaw, WA, but then moved with his parents to Downtown Seattle, where they sold produce. After internment during World War II, Iwasaki leased space a produce stall at Pike Place. In the 1960s, he operated a corner stall, the best spot for catching the eye of shoppers, in which he arranged magnificent displays of fruits and vaegetables. His skill at arranging produce aroused the notice of nearby competitors, such as the Manzo Family, who copied his methods of placement. Because of his talent at display, the Manzos bought out Iwasaki and engaged him to help them with their produce arrangements.

PCAD id: 9082