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Pioneer Square is the name of Seattle’s original downtown and was first settled in 1852. With the current downtown spreading out north of the historic district and our convention center, football/soccer arena and baseball stadium just to the south, Pioneer Square is still at the heart of Seattle’s activity. The beautiful Victorian brick buildings are filled with offices, art galleries, shops, restaurants, and pubs. The triangular plaza at the corner of Yesler Way and First Avenue name “Pioneer Place” and Pioneer Square Pergola, have been both landmarks as well as a gathering spots in the area since the beginning of Seattle.
A wonderful way to explore the area in the evening is to attend the monthly First Thursday Gallery Walk when the Square is filled with art enthusiasts strolling from gallery to gallery or ducking in to check out a condo opening or catch a bite at a favorite eatery. Seasonal events such as the summertime concerts and Saturday Market in Occidental Square or the fun-filled Pioneer Square Howlidays every winter and dress-up your pooch in his/her holiday finest to compete in the dog costume contest. For an even more in-depth look at historic Pioneer Square, the Underground Tour will bring you to the original ground level of the city and the Klondike Gold Rush Museum will help you understand why the city was built so hurriedly below grade the first time.
The historic landmark status of the entire 20 block area restricts development which means housing in Pioneer Square is not easy to find. Only carefully reviewed renovation is allowed and very few new buildings have been approved. However, city-neighborhood plans emphasize the need to increase the housing choices in the area, ensuring a slow but steady increase to the fewer than 1000 units currently available. In keeping with a long-time Pioneer Square/International District commitment, a large percentage of the current and proposed housing is set aside for low-income tenants. But the Pioneer Square’s proximity to both of Seattle’s large sports venues (CenturyLink Field and the Mariner’s Safeco Field) make it a magnet for sports fans before and after events. Pioneer Square has a well-known reputation for large crowds and partying, especially when sports teams are winning!
If you are looking for vintage styling in a historic yet vibrant urban setting, Pioneer Square is the neighborhood for you.