Archive for September, 2012

Take Action! Support the Ballard Carnegie Library Landmark Nomination

Ballard Carnegie Library in 1937 / Source: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch

Historic Seattle has been working with the Ballard Historical Society and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to support the landmark nomination for the historic Ballard Carnegie Library. We urge you support the nomination and designation of this significant community landmark. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Everyone seems to already think it’s a landmark, so let’s make it one officially!

Attend the Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting or Submit Written Comments

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider this nomination at its meeting on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060. The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Or you may email your comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board by September 17, 2012, by 5:00 p.m. Address your comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board c/o Kate Krafft and email comments to

We encourage you to speak or write about why the Ballard Carnegie Library building is important to you and/or the community. We ask you to tie in the City’s designation standards to support your comments. A property only needs to meet one of the designation standards to be landmarked but it’s always good to meet more than one standard. Review the nomination to learn about the property’s significance. The nomination is posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of “Current Nominations.” Download the meeting agenda here (LPB41412.)

Historic Seattle believes the property meets several designation standards including:

Standard C: Because the Ballard Carnegie Library was built when Ballard was an incorporated city and was a key cultural and educational institution in the community, it is associated in a significant way with a significant aspect of the cultural heritage of the Ballard community.
Standard D: The Ballard Carnegie Library is an excellent example of an eclectic style with Renaissance Revival or Neo-Italianate influences.
Standard E: The building is an outstanding work of architect Henderson Ryan.
Standard F: Even though it is located mid-block on NW Market Street, the Ballard Carnegie Library building maintains prominence of spatial location, contrasts of siting, age, and scale. It is an easily identifiable visual feature in Ballard and contributes to the distinctive quality or identity of the neighborhood.

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Advocacy Alert! Help Preserve Harborview Hall

Source: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Send a Letter to King County Council in Support of Preserving Harborview Hall

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation just launched a public advocacy effort to support the preservation and adaptive re-use of Harborview Hall. Historic Seattle has been advocating for its preservation. We support a project design and plan that meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and allows for the viable use of a significant National Register for Historic Places-eligible property. We urge you to write a letter to King County Council to show broad support for saving the building and rehabilitating it for a viable new use. Below is the alert message from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation: 

King County is currently working with a local developer on plans to rehabilitate Harborview Hall. An integral part of the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, the building faced possible demolition earlier this year, prompting its inclusion in our 2012 Most Endangered List. The county Executive’s involvement has made redevelopment of Harborview Hall closer to becoming reality, but key decisions are still to come. Your support remains essential for saving Harborview Hall!  Please contact the King County Council and urge them to support redevelopment of Harborview Hall. Download a sample letter of support: Save Harborview Hall If you are a resident of King County, email or write your district councilmember. If you live outside the county, email or write King County Council Chair Larry Gossett. Email and mailing addresses can be found on the King County Council website. For more in-depth information, including a fact sheet and video on Harborview Hall, visit the Harborview Hall Take Action page on the Washington Trust’s website. Show your support on facebook: “like” the Harborview Hall facebook page!

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