Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Deco Amazon.com Doorway



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The details of the brass and copper Deco doorway of Amazon.com's headquarters are really fun to look at. The etched glass in the transom above is casting shadows inside the entryway. This building was originally a hospital, and part of the campus still houses the Pacific Medical Center and its imagining services. I had just purchased some books on line the day before I took this shot and thought it was too bad this wasn't a distribution center and I could just pick them up. More shots here.

22 comments:

Kate said...

The brass and copper are beautifully intricate.

Katney said...

My son used to work for Amaozon. He was not in that location, though. I don't know if they were using it when he was with the company.

D said...

oh no! you mean Amazon is a real place????!!!
In my mind, it's an ethereal place somewhere out there that magically sends me stuff I want (and pay for) on a fairly regular basis!

Beautiful picture.:)

Maya said...

What a lovely shot of the details of this beautiful door!

Pete said...

Fantastic shot! I love Art deco.

Like D said it is a bit strange to realize Amazon is actually a real place with a building! Everything seems to be 'cyber' this and 'cyber' that these days.

Good to know there is a real door to knock on if something goes wrong with your order :)

Cheers
Pete
www.hamilton-nz.blogspot.com

Petrea said...

Beautiful doorway. And it's nice to know that even Amazon has to exist in some form in brick and mortar.

Jazzy said...

nice to see the entrance of the amazon hq, up until now it was only virtual place for me ;) (joking)

Anonymous said...

Who do you think is operating the site? Jeff Bezos, working out of his home?

Bryan said...

Tried to view the "more shots" of Amazon but Firefox said: Address Not Found Firefox can't find the server at more%20seattlestuff.blogspot.com.

I enjoy your photos. Thank you!

brattcat said...

So funny, that longing of yours for a real bookstore. Amazon is doing a brilliant job at moving us away from our independent local bookstores. I love the photograph. But I love our small brick and mortar bookstores, too.

Hilda said...

Oh wow, that's a fantastic door! Love it!

Bibi said...

So this is where my money goes! I know where this building is; just never got up close and personal.

Kim said...

Brattcat, Oh trust me that our local independent booksellers have put several children through college on my patronage :-). However, when I order books for my workplace the procedure is to use on-line sources. Some independent booksellers place their inventory ON Amazon.com for sale to people anywhere, so I think that mindset Amazon has is a win-win. It's the chain bookstores that are the in-between land in my mind.
-Kim

David Thompson said...

Absolutely fantastic. So good to see that Amazon are re-using an Art Deco building. I hope they are looking after it. From the doorway it seems so.

Katney said...

Kim, typos in the links in this and the previous post prevented them from reaching the site. I figured them out from what Bryan said. Just a heads up.

Kim said...

Bryan and Kateney, Thanks for the heads up about my link typos! I've corrected them. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know!
-Kim

Steve H. said...

That's so understated for Amazon. You'd figure there'd be big neon lights, or life-sized books, or something. Great picture!

Virginia said...

I have to watch my Amazon "addiction"! I'm a sucker for a used book. Only prob I had was my French workbook. I didn't flip through it when it arrived and it had several chapters already filled in. Actually I could use the help -HA
V

Marc said...

Interesting to see how some very modern companies are sometimes based in beautiful old buildings. Great capture of this beautiful doorway.

Xavier said...

"Pacific Medical Center and its imagining services" :P awwww

Becky said...

What a fabulous entryway! And I actually didn't know that their headquarters were in Seattle. That's pretty neat.

Anonymous said...

I think it might be "imaging services"