Archive for November, 2012

Neptune Theatre Designated a Seattle Landmark!

Neptune Theatre decorative detail / Photo: Historic Seattle

In a close vote (6:2:1), the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board designated the Neptune Theatre as the newest Seattle Landmark on November 14. MAin2 reported on the nomination in an earlier post.

The Board also voted to nominate the Chiarelli-Dore House, a modernist residential gem in the Maple Leaf neighborhood designed by architect James Chiarelli.

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Preservation News – Landmarks Old, New and Future

Neptune Theatre, 2012 / Photo: Historic Seattle

Seattle Landmarks 

Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting, Wednesday, November 14, 2012:

This meeting is open to the public and takes place on Wednesday, November 14 at 3:30 pm, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave, 40th Floor, Suite 4050/60. Download the agenda (LPB52512.)

Neptune Theatre: The LPB will decide whether to designate the Neptune Theatre in the University District. The Board voted to nominate the building at its October 3 meeting so that its members could take a closer look at the structure in person to assess the level of physical integrity. At the October 3 meeting, the owner brought an attorney and an architect to argue against nomination claiming the building lacks integrity and how it does not meet any one of the six designation standards. The nomination was submitted by Larry Johnson of The Johnson Partnership who prepared it pro bono as an advocacy effort–he believes the Neptune should be recognized and protected as a Seattle Landmark. Read more about his thoughts on the theatre in his firm’s blog.  Historic Seattle offered public testimony at the October 3rd meeting supporting the nomination of the Neptune Theatre, citing the building’s significance as a community landmark in a city where few historic theatres (built as theatres) remain in neighborhoods. The building has sufficient integrity to convey its significance.

You may download the landmark nomination on the Seattle Historic Preservation Program’s website under “Current Nominations.” It includes an excellent section on the development of theatres in Seattle.

If you support the designation of the Neptune Theatre as a landmark we urge you to attend the meeting to speak in favor of the nomination. You may also email your public comments to Erin Doherty, Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator, at erin.doherty@seattle.gov. Continue reading ‘Preservation News – Landmarks Old, New and Future’

Ballard Carnegie Library – Landmark Designation Hearing, November 7

Ballard Carnegie Library Building / Photo: Eugenia Woo

On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) will decide on whether to designate the Ballard Carnegie Library as a City Landmark. The LPB unanimously nominated the property at its September 19, 2012 meeting. The Board received almost 40 letters/emails supporting the nomination. Historic Seattle attended the meeting and gave public testimony in support of the nomination.

Owner Karoline Morrison has been a long-time steward of the building, preserving much of its character-defining features. With landmark designation, the building will be preserved well into the future.

To learn more about the building’s history and significance, you may read the nomination which is posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of “Current Nominations.” Download the meeting agenda from the DON website. The nomination was prepared by architect Larry Johnson of The Johnson Partnership, co-nominated by the Ballard Historical Society. Here’s a blog post on the topic from the Ballard Historical Society’s blog.

The Board meeting is open to the public and takes place at 3:30 pm, Seattle Municipal Building, 700 5th Ave, 40th floor, Room 4050/60.


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