Sinking Ship Garage Named One of ‘Coolest’ in U.S.

The distinctive Pioneer Square garage is in the same location as the former historic Seattle Hotel
 
 
  • The distinctive Pioneer Square garage is in the same location as the former historic Seattle Hotel
The Sinking Ship garage, 515 Second Ave. in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Who notices the touches on a parking garage? Whoever thought a parking garage could be considered “cool?”

Well, Sinking Ship garage, at 515 Second Ave. in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, has been named one of the “top three 3 coolest parking spots in the U.S.” by Looking4.com – a comparison parking website – and Architizer, a website for architects.

The garage is in the same location as the former historic Seattle Hotel, which was built in the 1890s and demolished in 1961. It is rumored to be haunted.

Sinking Ship was chosen based on several factors, including sustainability, historical elements and artistic design. The other winning garages were Detroit’s Michigan Theatre and Lexington, Kentucky’s Helix Garage.

Judges noted that Sinking Ship “plays with the natural hills” in the surrounding neighborhood and creates the illusion of a ship struggling to stay afloat.

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