Archive for June, 2012

The Future of Building 18, the “Old Firehouse” at Sand Point NAS Historic District

Building 18, Old Firehouse, north facade / Photo: Lynn Ferguson

Neighborhood preservation advocates, Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District, with the support of local preservation organizations are working to save Building 18 and seek adaptive reuse solutions for the historic building. Located in the Sand Point Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District (a locally designated landmark district and National Register of Historic Places-listed district) in Magnuson Park, the historic firehouse is a significant contributing resource situated prominently in the core of the park.

The structure is owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation and has sat vacant and deteriorating for years. Its condition worsens every year as deferred maintenance contributes greatly to its decline. It is in need of a new roof and structural stabilization among other things.

The good news is the building is not too far gone and can be and should be rehabilitated. There are many opportunities to turn what some consider an “eyesore” into a community and park asset that serves the needs of the park, its users and the larger community. This spring, citizens listed repair of Buildings 18 and 2 (a significant historic hangar) as the top priority in the Strategic Planning process for the park in the next ten years.

Preservation advocates are seeking broader support for the adaptive reuse of the historic firehouse. They have submitted Building 18 to a new online platform called “Popularise”—a crowd source medium that brings news ideas from the ground up (rather than top down) to find ways to improve our communities.

We encourage you to view Popularise and submit ideas and comments about what you would like to see happen with Building 18. And please help spread the word to get more ideas and support for saving Building 18!

Building 18, view of west facade and hose drying tower / Photo: Julianna Ross

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Northwest Architects of the Seattle World’s Fair Lecture, June 12

Architects and others with model of U.S. Science Pavilion, Seattle World’s Fair, ca. 1961 / Photo: MOHAI

The second lecture for the series, “Welcome to the Future: Century 21 and Living Modern,” is happening Tuesday, June 12, at the Center House/Armory Building Conference Room A at Seattle Center, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Susan Boyle’s lecture, “Northwest Architects of the Seattle World’s Fair,” considers the architects who designed the Century 21 exhibit buildings and the context of their work in the Northwest. Famous designers from the region and beyond created the fairgrounds and fantastic buildings. Paul Thiry, Lawrence Halprin, Alan Liddle, Paul Kirk, Raymond Loewy, Victor Steinbrueck, Minoru Yamasaki, John Graham, Jr., NBBJ, Bob Dietz, and Roland Terry among others are recognized for their enduring Modern style legacy.

Online registration for this lecture has closed but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

University Place Historical Society 2012 Home & Garden Tour

Curran House, one of the houses on tour / Photo: National Register of Historic Places nomination form

WHAT: University Place Historical Society Home and Garden Tour

Tour three homes and two gardens.

WHEN: Sunday, June 10, 2012; 1:00 to 5:00 pm

TICKETS: $20; available at:
Grassi’s Flowers and Gifts, 3602 Center St.,1702 Pacific Ave.
Massimo Italian Bar and Grill, 4020 Bridgeport Way W.
Westside Community Bank, 4922 Bridgeport Way W.
Willow Tree Gardens, 7216 27th St. W.

You may also purchase tickets on June 10 at the Curran House, 4009 Curran Lane, University Place, beginning at noon.

Questions? Call (253) 584-2758

Knute Berger Lecture on the Seattle World’s Fair, June 5

Knute ca. 1962 (l) and now (r). Photos courtesy Knute Berger

The first lecture for the series, “Welcome to the Future: Century 21 and Living Modern,” is happening Tuesday, June 5 at the Center House/Armory Building Conference Room A at Seattle Center, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Knute Berger’s lecture, “From Bobo to the Bubbleator: Seattle Social and Cultural Context in ’62,” focuses on the social history and design heritage of Seattle and its influence on the fair. How did people live their everyday lives in Seattle/Puget Sound in the early 1960s and how were they influenced by modern design? What other local and national forces were key to shaping the city and the Seattle World’s Fair?

Online registration for this lecture has closed but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Knute will be signing his new book, Space Needle: The Spirit of Seattle, after the lecture.


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