At about this time, visionary architect Ralph Anderson moved his office to Pioneer Square and began to restore buildings in the neighborhood.
Esteemed architect and professor of architecture and historic preservation Victor Steinbrueck conducted an inventory of the area's buildings, which documented a collection of architecturally significant structures from the Richardsonian Romanesque period unparalleled across the nation.
Rebuilt after the devastating "Great Fire" of 1889, the district is characterized by late nineteenth century brick and stone buildings and one of the nation's best surviving collections of Romanesque Revival style urban architecture.
Established as both a National historic district and a local preservation district in 1970, Pioneer Square is protected by an ordinance and design guidelines focused on preserving its unique historic and architectural character, assuring the sensitive rehabilitation of buildings, promoting development of residential uses for all income levels, and enhancing the district's economic climate for residents, employers, workers, and visitors.
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Pioneer Square marks Seattle's original downtown, dating back to 1852.
Some of her training includes explaining the social cues of the opposite sex, and Lorraine has had some female clients in powerful, high profile positions that needed help dialing back their tough-as-nails business side when in a casual social setting.
But she also stresses to each client that they have a right to be loved and shows them how to accentuate their best side to potential partners.
“I got her to become more confident and taught her dating and attraction skills, and she has found a guy – who also has C. – that she believes is her soul mate.” Aside from her private coaching and matchmaking practice, Lorraine makes regular appearances on both national and local TV, and is the resident “dating expert” on a Channel 933 radio show, where she has a regular dating advice segment on Thursday mornings.
Because much of the city had been built on boggy, marshy ground, the area was filled, street levels were raised, and the area now known as Seattle's underground was created.
The architectural styles for the rebuilt district were modeled after the then popular Richardsonian Romanesque buildings in Chicago and on the East Coast.
“I remember their arguments and I felt like if I had the tools, and better relationship skills, I could have mediated their differences.” While she couldn’t do that, she has vowed to help others hone their skills at attracting lasting love. “Men make the mistake that women are won over by the perfect and nice gentleman,” she explained. “On the other hand, the biggest misconception women make is thinking men are complicated.
They assume there is a deep meaning to what guys do. If a man is into you, you’ll know it.” Another misconception, she says, is that guys aren’t looking for serious love.