Pioneer Square is a small neighborhood between Downtown and the International District, home to many bars, tourist attractions, the Elliott Bay Book Company, the Downtown Emergency Service Center (a homeless shelter) and a substantial homeless population.
Starting April 7th, every first Thursday features the First Thursday Art Walk at Pioneer Square, which showcases local galleries and artists and includes street shows, arts and crafts vendors, and more.
In 2001, Pioneer Square was one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the Nisqually Earthquake.
Pioneer square is composed almost entirely of Richardsonian Romanesque masonry structures, ranging from two to six floors in height, mostly faced in ashlar, red brick, and unglazed terra cotta. Most notable is the Pioneer Building, located at 1st Ave. S. and S. James St. and completed in 1892, three years after the Seattle fire decimated the area.
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