Archive for November, 2011

Milepost 31 Grand Opening December 1 – You’re Invited!

WSDOT is opening a new public information center on December 1, 2011 in Pioneer Square. Join WSDOT, the Pioneer Square community and others at the grand opening of Milepost 31. If you’re not able to attend the grand opening, be sure to stop by Milepost 31 during its regular hours (after Dec 1, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 5 pm).

Here’s a message from WSDOT about Milepost 31:

Milepost 31 – People, projects and Pioneer Square





We would invite you inside for a ride, but even the world’s largest
diameter tunnel boring machine can only fit so many people. And so WSDOT offers the next best thing, Milepost 31, a public
information center that will highlight the Alaskan Way Viaduct
replacement, tunneling technology and the history of Seattle’s Pioneer
Square neighborhood. This is a first for WSDOT, an opportunity to
explore interactive exhibits about one of our projects and dig into
Seattle’s first neighborhood.

What does viaduct replacement have to do with Pioneer Square? Replacing
a highway that runs through one of the state’s most treasured historic
neighborhoods comes with challenges. Pioneer Square will see years of
construction impacts like noise, dust and traffic detours. Fortunately,
after we put the highway traffic into the SR 99 tunnel and tear down the
remaining section of the viaduct, the neighborhood will be reconnected
with the Seattle waterfront. Continue reading ‘Milepost 31 Grand Opening December 1 – You’re Invited!’

New Film – Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Catch the Seattle premiere of the new film on Charles and Ray Eames at the Northwest Film Forum, November 25 – December 1, 2011. Buy tickets online at the NW Film Forum’s website. For more info on the documentary, check out the film’s website. Here are reviews of the film in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Screenshot from film website

The Next Fifty Presents “The Future Remembered,” November 15, 2011

Get your tickets to this fabulous event at Intiman Playhouse in Seattle on November 15. Be among the first to enjoy renowned Book-It Theater’s fast-paced staged reading of  “The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy.” Book-It Theater transforms great literature into great theater. Come experience 1962 and the magic of the Seattle World’s Fair.

Ticket price includes one complimentary “Bubbleator” cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Sponsor levels also include admission for one or two, and a signed copy of The Future Remembered. All contributions support the history programs of The Next Fifty. Purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets.

Boren Investment Company Warehouse Designated a Landmark!

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

On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) voted 6-3 to designate the Boren Investment Company Warehouse (334 Boren Ave N, South Lake Union) as a Seattle Landmark. The vote was close. This was a big victory for supporters of the designation. Representatives from preservation organizations (Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Seattle), community members and other advocates provided public testimony in favor of designation. The comments demonstrated broad and passionate support for a warehouse building that represents the significant light industrial heritage of South Lake Union.

The LPB concluded that the property met three of the six designation standards. A property just needs to meet one of the standards. The Board designated the exterior of the property under standards C, D and E. These standards are described in the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Ordinance (SMC 25.12.350). “It” refers to a building, object or site that is at least 25 years old:

C) It is associated in a significant way with a significant aspect of the cultural, political, or economic heritage of the community, City, state or nation; or

D) It embodies the distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style, or period, or a method of construction; or

E) It is an outstanding work of a designer or builder.

Continue reading ‘Boren Investment Company Warehouse Designated a Landmark!’


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