Archive for October, 2011

George Nelson Exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum

A fabulous new exhibit on the work of George Nelson just opened at BAM.

Runs through February 12, 2012. For details, go to the BAM website.  

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New Book on the Seattle World’s Fair Released and Other Next Fifty Announcements

Book cover for The Future Remembered, The 1962 Seattle World's Fair and It's Legacy

A new commemorative book for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair has just been released. The Future Remembered, The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy, is published by the Seattle Center Foundation in association with Historyink/HistoryLink.org and authored by Paula Becker and Alan Stein. Get your copy today! Order online.

On November 15, 2011, Book-It Theater is doing a stage reading of “The Future Remembered.” Order tickets online.

The Next Fifty has a slate of programs scheduled for 2012. Here’s a preview.

Imagine, Looking Forward By Looking Back, is a new curriculum developed by the Seattle Center Foundation with KCTS 9 and HistoryLink.org.

Historic Seattle Quarterly Members’ Meeting, October 24, at the Sanctuary at Admiral

Sixth Church of Christ Scientist, now the Sanctuary at Admiral, West Seattle / Photo: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch

Join Historic Seattle at its Fall Members’ Meeting tonight (October 24, 2011) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Sanctuary at Admiral (formerly Sixth Church of Christ Scientist) in West Seattle. The address is 2656 42nd Ave SW. Details can be found here. Due to the temporary closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, allow more time to get to West Seattle. Here is traffic alert information.

October 19 Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting Canceled

The October 19, 2011 Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board meeting is canceled. Items scheduled for the agenda will be placed on the November 2, 2011 LPB agenda. This includes the Boren Investment Company Warehouse designation that we wrote about yesterday.

Boren Investment Company Warehouse in South Lake Union – Seattle Landmark?

334 Boren Avenue N., Boren Investment Company Warehouse / David Smith Furniture. Photo: Eugenia Woo

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) will decide whether to designate the Boren Investment Company Warehouse (334 Boren Ave N, Seattle) as a Seattle Landmark on Wednesday, October 19, 2011. The LPB nominated the property in a 5-3 vote at its September 7 meeting. The October 19 meeting is open to the public and is held in the Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, 40th Floor, Room 4060. Members of the public may provide public comment at the meeting. We encourage you to attend if you care about the future of South Lake Union, its heritage and neighborhood character. You can download the nomination here under 334 Boren Ave N. The agenda is available here.

The property is threatened by planned new development on the entire city block which also includes the designated landmark Troy Laundry Building (311-329 Fairview Ave N). The Seattle Times sold the entire block to Touchstone Corporation which plans to redevelop the site. To date, Touchstone has twice briefed the Architectural Review Committee of the LPB, presenting preferred alternatives that preservation advocates view can do way more to preserve both the landmark Troy Laundry building and the historically significant (and we hope soon-to-be-designated) Boren Investment Company Warehouse.

In its review of the landmark nomination, the LPB cannot consider future plans for the Boren Investment Company Warehouse or site. The LPB must base its decision on whether the building meets the designation standards. A property under consideration just needs to meet one of the standards. Historic Seattle, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and neighborhood advocates have been working together to support the nomination and designation of the property. We are also concerned about the future of the building, the Troy Laundry building and the redevelopment plans for the block. We always look for a win-win solution and believe that both buildings can be incorporated into the new development. This has proven to be possible in South Lake Union, the best example of which is the 320 Terry Avenue building, a former warehouse that was later used as offices and has been renovated and adaptively reused for restaurants. In this Vulcan project, new construction was designed and built around a landmark building and more than the facades were preserved–the entire building was preserved. Continue reading ‘Boren Investment Company Warehouse in South Lake Union – Seattle Landmark?’

2011 Ebey’s Forever Conference, November 4-5

Spend a northwest Fall weekend on Whidbey Island by participating in the Ebey’s Forever Conference and Community Event, November 4 & 5! Attend full day workshops and field trips. Enjoy local food. Meet cool people from the island and from around the Sound. For details, go to the Ebey’s Forever website.


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