The Pacific Science Center was constructed in 1962 as part of the Century 21 Seattle Worlds Fair. The building was designed by Minoru Yamasaki and as part of the World’s Fair was called the United States Science Pavilion. After the World’s Fair, the science museum remained and became a non-profit science organization named the Pacific Science Center.
Minoru Yamasaki also designed the World Trade Center in New York City plus the Seattle’s Rainier Tower and IBM Building. His design for the United States Science Pavilion (today’s Pacific Science Center), has an identifiable Yamasaki design pattern – the use of pre-cast concrete slabs with an arching pattern.
The fountains and arches from the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair that sit in front of the Pacific Science Center, are an often photographed easily identifiable landmark.