I knew the expansion of the Convention Center meant the bus station's days were numbered, but no amount of notice prepares you to say goodbye to a familiar place.

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Sketched Sept. 12, 2018

A chain-link fence covered with a blue tarp blocks the view of the construction activity at the Convention Place Station site. But I found an opening big enough for a clear sneak-peek. (The gap wasn’t as big as it appears in my sketch, but allow me that artistic license in order to show you what I saw.)

Only a small portion of the station’s main and lower levels remains standing. Most of the bays are gone, including the escalators that provided access. Passengers riding the buses that still go through the site can probably get an up-close look at the half-demolished station. A new bus rain shelter is now located on Ninth Avenue.

I knew the expansion of the Washington State Convention Center meant the days were numbered for the Convention Place Station, which opened in 1990, but no amount of notice prepares you to say goodbye to a familiar place.

Back in early June, when the demolition cranes were starting to take position, I did another sketch before boarding a bus to Pioneer Square. I had a feeling it would be my last time at the station.


Seattle Times news artist Gabriel Campanario has been capturing Seattle's places and people in hand-drawn sketches for more than a decade. To see past columns, visit the Seattle Sketcher home page. Prints, notecards and a book of Campanario’s sketches are available for sale through The Seattle Times store. You may also fill out an illustration request to order a specific image.