McGraw Square

McGraw Square is located in downtown Seattle at Westlake Ave N & Stewart St, 98101. It is 0.01 acres.

Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., advised on the design of McGraw Square in 1919. He had indicated to John Charles that he wanted to deal with it as it was “a messy little matter of detail and I have it all in my head.” His plan was to have the concrete pavement marked off in simple squares lining up with the monument base and steps around it. The challenge was the warped surface of the surrounding pavement.

In the early 2000’s, a streetcar line was introduced along Westlake leading to South Lake Union, and its southern terminus is by this square. Other traffic improvements included removing the last block of Westlake Avenue and extending the plaza to the streetcar line.

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