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Modernist Site Up for Landmark Designation – Nov 6

Aerial view of Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center in Laurelhurst, ca. 1971 / Courtesy Collection of the Friends of Battelle/Talaris

Aerial view of Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center in Laurelhurst, ca. 1971 / Courtesy Collection of the Friends of Battelle/Talaris

Tomorrow, November 6, 2013, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) will hold a landmark designation hearing for the former Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center. This exemplary example of Northwest Regional Modernism is located at 4000 NE 41st St. in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.

Public comments will be taken at the meeting which begins at 3:30 PM in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor in Room 4060. An agenda is posted on the Seattle Historic Preservation website.

On September 18, 2013, the LPB unanimously nominated the property, an 18-acre site owned by 4000 Property LLC. The property is currently used as the Talaris Conference Center. Presented by the Friends of Battelle/Talaris, the nomination is the work of a grassroots group of Laurelhurst neighbors who have come together as advocates for the preservation of the property. Historic Seattle has been providing technical assistance and advice on landmark nomination preparation, research and advocacy strategy for the Friends of Battelle/Talaris.

We hope the LPB will unanimously designate the property tomorrow, thereby formally recognizing a unique and important modern resource. Looking to the future, we hope the City and the Owner will negotiate Controls and Incentives that protect/preserve the site and buildings, and be flexible enough to allow for new construction for a sustainable and economically viable project.

For more info on this advocacy effort, read MAin2’s previous post.


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.

Digital Scans Continue to Be Available from UW Special Collections

Yesterday, MAin2 wrote this piece about the closure of the photo lab at UW and how that would mean the public could no longer obtain reproductions (in print and high resolution digital files) of historic photographs from Special Collections. We asked you to write to UW Administrators to voice your concern. Your voices were heard! Thank you for taking the time to express your concerns and how you value Special Collections.

Please read the comments posted on this blog regarding the closure of the photo lab. Notable comments are the two posted by Paul Constantine, Associate Dean of University Libraries and Director of Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries and the comment posted by Christina Burtner, one of the two photographers who work at the Classroom Support Services (CSS) Photo Lab. Check out the CSS Photography blog and learn more about these fabulous professional photographers who have been running the lab.

MAin2 is happy to report that the University of Washington Special Collections will be working with a new service provider for digital scans of materials.  Here’s a message received today from Paul Constantine,

“Thanks to all who have expressed concern about the impact of the closure of the CSS Photo Lab on users of Special Collections. I am writing to let you know that as of January 20, 2012, Special Collections will be working with a new service provider for digital scans of our materials. While this digitization service will continue without interruption, I ask your patience as we work out new workflows and procedures.

Thank you for sharing your concern and for your support of excellence in the UW Libraries. I hope that you will continue to make use of Special Collections.”

The Special Collections website has already changed its message from yesterday and now states that they will be working with a new service provider. Thank you UW Administrators!

Success! 4Culture Saved!

Call it 11th hour. Call it a “Hail Mary” pass. With only a couple hours left in the legislative special session last night, SSB 5834 passed in the House. This bill permits counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and housing. This means 4Culture’s funding will continue and we’ll all benefit from their fine work supporting arts, heritage and preservation in King County. Thank you all who contacted legislators. Thank you to the legislators who have voted for the various senate and house bills that support 4Culture. It has been a roller coaster ride but it’s finally over. The bill has been delivered to the Governor for her signature.

Positive Progress on Senate Bill for Arts & Heritage

Yesterday, May 17, SB 5958 was sent straight to the Rules Committee with a “do pass” recommendation from a majority of the Senate Committee for Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections which held a public hearing on the bill. Over 50 arts and heritage supporters attended the hearing. The bill next goes to the Senate floor for a full vote. For more details, go to Advocate4Culture’s website. If you haven’t contacted your State Senators, please do so NOW and ask them to vote yes on SB 5958. Here’s how to find your senator.

4Culture in Olympia

Many of you have been following the fate of 4Culture’s future during the current legislative session. Thanks to all who have emailed or called your state legislators and made trips down to Olympia to support 4Culture. The latest news is not a happy one. SHB 1997 did not move out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee last Friday, April 1. This is no joke. The bill was considered in Executive Session of the committee but did not garner the required 12 signatures to move it out of committee, onto Rules (scheduling) and then to full Senate floor vote. Support for the bill was short by one vote because two senators (members of the committee) were absent.

For more details go to Blog 4Culture and Advocate4Culture. We are still hopeful that the powers that be can still make something happen. Stay tuned…

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