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Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse Nominated

Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse in 1937 / Source: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Region Branch

Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse in 1937 / Source: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Region Branch

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board unanimously nominated the Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse (2815 Elliot Ave) at its July 2, 2014 meeting. The building, more commonly known as the Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurant in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, was built in 1902 for Ainsworth & Dunn, a prominent salmon-packing company, as their warehouse. In 1901, the same firm built Pier 14 (now Pier 70). The warehouse was constructed to operate in tandem with the pier.

Historic Seattle, the Queen Anne Historical Society and local preservationists submitted letters of strong support for nomination.

The Board nominated both the exterior and interior. The Board’s decision was a big step forward in recognizing the significance of vernacular style industrial buildings in Seattle which are often times not appreciated or understood as well as more high style examples of architecture. The property is also significant for its association with Ainsworth & Dunn and the industrial development of the city. Its location is also a prominent one at the north end of the waterfront. It stands out among the piers, multi-family apartments and condos, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The building’s adaptive reuse into a restaurant in the 1970s has kept it an active space for thousands to enjoy every year. The owner has been an excellent steward of the property. We hope any future plans for the block preserves the Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse in its entirety. The surface parking lot adjacent to the south could provide the available land needed for development, allowing the Ainsworth & Dunn building to anchor a future project.

The Board will consider the property for landmark designation at its August 6, 2014 meeting.

Two members sought for Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2014

Contact:

Erin Doherty, Historic Preservation, 206.684.0380; erin.doherty@seattle.gov
Lois Maag, Communications, 206.615.0950; lois.maag@seattle.gov

Two members sought for Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board

SEATTLE – Mayor Edward Murray is seeking two new members to serve on the Landmarks Preservation Board. The 12-member board reviews all landmark nominations, makes recommendations to Seattle City Council for designation of city landmarks, and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The Landmarks Board is composed of two architects, two historians, one structural engineer, one representative each from the fields of real estate and finance, one member from the City Planning Commission, a Get Engaged member (for young adults ages 18-29), and three members at-large. These recent openings are for the Real Estate position and a Historian position. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation.

Board meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3:30 p.m. The architect and historian board members also serve on the Board’s Architectural Review Committee (ARC). In general, board members must commit approximately 10 hours per month to Landmarks Board business.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents, and board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: erin.doherty@seattle.gov
(reference the Landmarks Preservation Board in the subject line).

To submit a paper copy, address it to Erin Doherty, Landmark Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649. For more information, call Erin at (206) 684-0380.

The city of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as seven historic districts located throughout the city.

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.

Preservation News & Events – October 2013

Meeker Mansion, Puyallup / Photos: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Ezra Meeker Historical Society

Meeker Mansion, Puyallup; Washington Preserves Fund recipient, 2013 / Photos: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Ezra Meeker Historical Society

Fall is a busy time of year for historic preservation. Here are some news and events of note:

Battelle Memorial Institute Site Nominated: This 18-acre modernist masterpiece in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood was built in the late 1960s-1970. The property was unanimously nominated by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board at its September 18 meeting. MAin2 wrote about the Rich Haag and NBBJ-designed campus here. The designation hearing is scheduled for November 6, 2013. The Seattle Times wrote an article about the property and landmark efforts by the Friends of Battelle/Talaris.

Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund: The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking applications for this grant fund which provides up to $2,000 to organizations involved in preservation throughout the state. Deadline to apply is October 16, 2013. For more information, go to the Trust’s website.

Women’s University Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary: Explore the organization’s first century through its new, 112-page, coffee-table book, The First 100 Years: Women’s University Club of Seattle, 1914-2014. Available to the general public for under $40 at several area bookstores. Call the club for details: 206-623-0402. For other information about the club, see womensuniversityclub.com.

Tour a Mid-century Modern Gem: Join Docomomo WEWA as it celebrates Tour Day 2013 along with other Docomomo US chapters and partners throughout the country. Tour the Whittaker Residence, Saturday, October 5, 2013. The mid-century modern residence in Seattle’s Lakewood neighborhood (near Seward Park) was designed by Seattle architect Arnold Gangnes and built in 1956. For event details, go to Docomomo WEWA’s website. Continue reading ‘Preservation News & Events – October 2013’

Please Support the Seattle Landmark Nomination of an Important Modernist Site

Battelle/Talaris campus / Photo: Marissa Natkin, copyright 2011

Battelle/Talaris campus / Photo: Marissa Natkin, copyright 2011

At its September 18, 2013 meeting, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) will consider the landmark nomination of the former Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) Seattle Research Center site located at 4000 NE 41st St. in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood.

Historic Seattle supports the nomination of the property and we ask you to show your support through written comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board and/or provide public testimony in person at the meeting. The Wednesday, September 18 meeting begins at 3:30 PM in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor in Room 4060. An agenda will be posted on the Seattle Historic Preservation website. Send written comments by Monday, September 16, 2013 to:

Email:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
c/o Erin Doherty, Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator
erin.doherty@seattle.gov

Or by Mail:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA  98124-4649

Prompted by concerns for proposed future redevelopment plans for the site, the Friends of Battelle/Talaris (FOBT) formed to produce the landmark nomination report. FOBT is a grassroots group of Laurelhurst neighbors who have come together as advocates for the preservation of the Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center/Talaris Conference Center. Historic Seattle has been providing technical assistance and advice on landmark nomination preparation, research and advocacy strategy for the Friends of Battelle/Talaris.

The 18-acre property is owned by 4000 Property LLC. The site is currently used as the Talaris Conference Center. For more information about recent redevelopment proposals, go to the Talaris Living website. Continue reading ‘Please Support the Seattle Landmark Nomination of an Important Modernist Site’

Pike/Pine Buildings Reviewed by Landmarks Preservation Board

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.

P-I Globe Landmark Nomination

P-I Globe on its original building on 4th and Wall, 1948 / Photo: MOHAI, PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination of the P-I Globe at its Wednesday, March 7, 2012 meeting. LPB meetings are open to the public. The Board meets at 3:30 pm in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, 40th floor, Rm 4060. Download the agenda on the Seattle Historic Preservation Program website. The landmark nomination is also available for download on the HPP website. Concerned about the future of the Globe after the Seattle P-I ceased publication, Seattle City Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Sally Clark and Jean Godden took the bold initiative to submit a landmark nomination, seeking protection for the iconic historic sign. MAin2 is thrilled to see the nomination process go forward. The designation seems like a slam dunk to us.

Update (3/6/12): Councilmembers Burgess, Clark and Godden are holding a press conference about the P-I Globe on Wednesday, March 7, 11:30 am, City Hall, 2nd Floor. The event is open to the public. 


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