colliding grid patterns
While most of Seattle’s streets run north/south, The Emerald is located at the pinnacle of two street grids that operate a bit differently. In the 1800s, Seattle’s founders – Doc Maynard, Arthur Denny and Carson Boren – could not agree on a uniform system, so in true Seattle fashion everyone got a piece of the pie. One grid runs 32 degrees west of north, while its counterpart is 49 degrees west of north. The Emerald’s massing is a result of these colliding grid patterns.