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The Jewel Box Fair – Planners had designed the fair as what they called a “jewel box” — small in size, but high in quality. Built on 74 acres, Seattle’s World’s Fair was much smaller than previous world’s fairs — a concept that the promoters highlighted as a positive when selling the fair to exhibitors.

When the Seattle World’s Fair closed in October 1962, a row of attached buildings from the fair grounds was transported to the west edge of Kenmore Village. One of the original tenants for that section was Emmett Williams, who opened a watch repair shop called the Jewel Box. In 1976, John Strok purchased the business, where he and his daughter Ruth offer custom design, stone-setting, and repair.

Above: Left – Picture from the Seattle Fair Grounds – notice the “Jewel Box” building in the background (1962).

Below – Current view of the “Jewel Box” building in Kenmore (2024).

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