Published February 22, 2013
At its February 20, 2013 meeting, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board reviewed two nominations in the Pike/Pine neighborhood–the Melrose Building (301-309 E Pine) and the Pinevue Apartments (313-321 E Pine). The Board’s vote was tied 5-5 in the Melrose Building decision. In the event of a tie, a nomination fails so the Melrose was not nominated. Public comments in support of the nomination were offered by several members of the community. Historic Seattle spoke in favor of nomination. Although all the Board members acknowledged the high physical integrity of the building and noted its contributing character to the neighborhood, half the Board did not think the building met the standards for landmark status.
The adjacent Pinevue Apartments was nominated in an 8-1 vote–the Board’s support for nomination was somewhat lukewarm but they will take a closer look at the building for the designation hearing set for April 3, 2013. Historic Seattle also supported the nomination. Board members noted the building’s high integrity (except for the missing cornice) and called out the storefronts as key character-defining features of the building.
The two buildings will be incorporated into a mixed-use development but in its review of landmark nominations, the Board cannot consider future plans. Historic Seattle supported the nomination of both buildings but also supports the new development proposal that will preserve both structures.
See also the Capitol Hill Blog post on this issue. They have some good photos of the buildings.
Published February 14, 2013
Preservation in the News
Our friends and colleagues in Tacoma are celebrating the reopening of the historic Murray Morgan Bridge on Friday, February 15 at 10 am. The event is open to the public. Meet at 11th and A St in downtown Tacoma. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the bridge. The newly rehabilitated bridge is a preservation success story.
Read all about the preservation efforts on Historic Tacoma’s website. The bridge was listed on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Most Endangered Properties List in 2008–the structure was closed by WSDOT in 2007 due to structural issues. A coalition of partners and advocates worked together to save the bridge and successfully found funding to rehabilitate the Tacoma Register and National Register listed structure. Learn more about the history of the Murray Morgan bridge here.
Published February 7, 2013
Historic Seattle invites you to enjoy three outstanding films produced by Paul Bockhorst on Arts & Crafts architecture in Southern and Northern California and the visionary architecture of Bernard Maybeck. Historic Seattle supplies the place—Washington Hall—and the popcorn and pop. You’ll see familiar and not so familiar examples of buildings and interiors by the region’s most accomplished and imaginative designers with commentary and critique by outstanding scholars and authors.
February 7 – Tonight’s film: Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California
Southern California was fertile ground for the Arts & Crafts movement, which called for simple living, closeness to nature, the unification of art and craft, and regionally appropriate forms of architecture. The movement influenced a number of important architects working in Southern California and produced a wide array of houses, churches, schools, and other buildings that reflect Arts & Crafts values. Beautiful Simplicity examines the rich body of Arts & Crafts architecture in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. It introduces viewers to more than a dozen architects who pursued Arts & Crafts ideals, including Charles and Henry Greene, Irving Gill, Arthur Benton, Sumner Hunt, Frederick Roehrig, Louis B. Easton, Sylvanus Marston, and Arthur and Alfred Heineman. It also highlights the significance of the Craftsman bungalow, which helped democratize home ownership in America.
Sponsored by Northwest Film Forum
Tonight’s film event is from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave., Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood). Free parking is available in the adjacent lot or on-street parking. Online registration for tonight’s movie is closed but you may pay at the door. Individual tickets – general public: $15; members: $10; students: $5. You may also purchase a film pass for all three films online or at the door: $35 general public; $25 members; $15 students.
To register for the February 14 and 21 screenings (or film series pass), call Historic Seattle at 206-622-6952 or register online for the February 14 (Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California) and February 21 (Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck) film screenings.
Published February 1, 2013
215 8th Ave N., Seattle (South Lake Union) – J. Lister Holmes Office Building / Photo: Eugenia Woo
Three buildings on one block in the South Lake Union area are threatened with demolition by a proposed mixed-use (residential and retail) development on 8th Ave N between Thomas and John Streets, just north of Denny Park. Two of the buildings (215 8th Ave N and 777 Thomas St) were nominated by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) in December 2012 and January 2013, respectively. The two properties are being considered for designation by the LPB at its February 6, 2013 meeting. Both nominations were submitted to the LPB as part of the SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) process, triggered by the development proposal. The City did not require the developer to submit a nomination for the third building at 223 8th Ave N, although we believe the building is also eligible for landmark listing.
Historic Seattle supports the designation of both properties and urge you to do the same. 777 Thomas is a small gem of an Art Deco style commercial building constructed in 1931 that has served the community’s automotive and warehouse needs for decades. The International Style building at 215 8th Ave N was the office of Seattle architect J. Lister Holmes, a prominent designer whose work spanned from the Beaux-Arts tradition to the modern style. It is a fine example of a small-scale International Style building and maintains a high level of integrity.
1937 photo of 777 Thomas St / Source: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch
The Landmarks Preservation Board meeting is on Wednesday, February 6, beginning at 3:30 pm. The meeting place is in the Municipal Tower at 700 5th Ave, 40th floor, Room 4060, Seattle. Public comments at the meeting will be accepted or you may email your comments to Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator Sarah Sodt at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 4. The Designation Standards are listed here. Access the agenda here. Download the nominations on this page (under 777 Thomas and 215 8th Ave N).
Notice of Land Use Action for proposed new development at 777 Thomas