Pike Place Market is a rich and diverse place. Woven throughout its 110+ year history are important stories about the people who made and continue to make this place a vibrant community and treasured historic landmark. However, existing interpretive displays, historical signs and commemorative plaques are outdated, in disrepair and need to be re-imagined to effectively communicate with today’s Market visitor.


Growth & Development Display: faded

An important element of Friends of the Market’s mission is to assist with the preservation and maintenance of the Market Historical District. This year, in partnership with the Market Foundation and Pike Place Market PDA, Friends of the Market volunteers roamed throughout the Market taking field notes and photographing 60+ heritage panels and displays to document their condition.


Sanitary Market Display: water damaged with chipped frame

The outcome of this project is an inventory of the existing displays’ condition, which can guide future plans for updating as well as the development of new displays.

Funding for this important effort was provided by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund, Pike Place Market Foundation and Friends of the Market. Advisory Committee Co-Chairs are Patricia Gray (Pike Place Market Foundation) and Kate Krafft (Friends of the Market).

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact Patricia.Gray@pikeplacemarket.org