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The Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition of 1909

Alaska Yukon Pacific Forestry Building

Alaska Yukon Pacific Forestry Pavillion

In my research for A Sudden Light, I found some wonderful books and photographs of early Seattle, around the turn of the Twentieth Century, when the city leaders brought in the Olmstead brothers to develop a comprehensive city park design. And I learned about the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909.

Oh, the A-Y-P was a magnificent thing, with great buildings and architecture and culture. But my eyes were drawn to the Forestry Pavilion, which was designed as a “temple to timber.” It was a huge structure, and the columns used to support its massive weight were entire trees. Bark and all. Great giant trees.

I saw photographs of the Forestry Pavilion and I thought, “That is my house. That’s where my family lives!”


From A Sudden Light

page 7

The pillars that encircled [the house] and made up much of its exterior walls, were tree trunks. Fully grown, giant trees. Stripped of their limbs and clad in their native bark. Each one, a perfect specimen. The tree pillars stood vertically, side-by-side—the tallest of them fifty feet, by my estimation, at the roof’s peak—a regiment of silent, glaring giants.


 

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    • Alaska Yukon Pacific Forestry Pavillion 1Images of the Alaska Yukon Pacific Forestry Pavillion

      The Forestry Pavilion at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition was designed as a “temple to timber.” It was a huge structure, and the columns used to support its massive weight were entire trees. Bark and all. Great giant trees.

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