Historic Preservation

Following months of negotiation, the Seattle School Board will soon decide whether or not to accept a purchase and sale agreement that will allow the Phinney Neighborhood Association to buy the former John B. Allen Elementary School for $3,050,000. The agreement (was) to be introduced at the Sept. 17 School Board meeting. A final vote is expected on Oct. 1.

Allen Elementary was one of several Seattle schools closed in June of 1981 due to declining enrollment in the district.


Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for two new members to serve on the Landmarks Preservation Board, one (1) Historian position and one (1) Structural Engineer position.

The 12-member Landmarks Preservation Board makes recommendations to the City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties.

The 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


What do you put in a time capsule?

"What will people, 50 years from now, want to know?" Andrea Mercado, director of the Log House Museum asks.

In collaboration with the Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza Project, Mercado is collecting memorabilia to include in a time capsule to be buried at the Alki Statue of Liberty plaza.

"What can we put in the time capsule now," Mercado asked, "that tells people what was happening back in 2008 that determined the city they live in?"

Included so far are a schedule of events of the rededication, art work created at a


CAPSULE CONTENTS. A display at the Log House Museum shows items from the first time capsule placed beneath the original pedestal of the Alki Statue of Liberty. The museum is now collecting items for the next capsule to be buried under the new plaza, possibly in October.
Photo by Matthew G. Miller

The Phinney Neighborhood Association has come one step closer to securing the John B. Allen School as a permanent home when Mayor Greg Nickels last week pushed to make $2.5 million available to the non-profit organization.

Last Tuesday, Nickels submitted legislation to the city council to make the $2.5 million in city funding available to the association. With a 27-year history in the Seattle School District owned John B.


Libby and Paul Carr, Co-Chairs of the Seattle Statue of Liberty Plaza Project, and Seattle Parks and Recreation announced today that the unveiling of the new Statue of Liberty Plaza on Seattle's Alki Beach will take place at an all-day celebration on Saturday, September 6.

Art, crafts, and food vendors; the Uptown Jazz Band; and a celebration cake will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m. at the Seattle landmark at 61st Ave. SW and Alki Ave.


Forty-three years of tradition ended last week in one hour as demolition crews turned the Ballard Denny's into a pile of rubble to make way for a condominium.

The building with its unique roof and architectural features, designed by architect Clarence Mayhew, opened as a Mannings Restaurant in 1965 and the Denny's chain took over in 1983, continuing a tradition of 24-hour service and a place for the neighborhood to gather.

Owners BCC Mikie Ballard LLC will build an eight-story, 260-unit condominium on the site.

"I think it is sad," said Randi Hansen.


In the popular film, "This is Spinal Tap," Michael McKean's character, David St. Hubbins considers two album cover images, one sexually tasteless, the other sexually "artistic." He then recites the now classic line, "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever."

There is also a fine line between strip tease and burlesque, and the Admiral Theater wants to take the high road with three summer performances by Burning Hearts Burlesque.


BURLESQUE AT THE ADMIRAL. Cleopetra and Mick of Burning Hearts Burlesque will host three burlesque shows at the Admiral Theater, the first show this Saturday.
Photo by Steve Shay

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has new land use recommendations for south downtown and it has included a supporting environmental impact statement.

The two documents are the result of a study on a livable downtown, a multi-year public initiative to explore ways to facilitate the additional jobs and housing called for in neighborhood plans.

The study area includes Pioneer Square, Chinatown/ International District including Little Saigon east of Interstate 5, the east side of Rainier Avenue South between South Dearborn Street and South Main Street, and t


Yes, it's a landmark, but go ahead and knock it down.

After voting to protect the Ballard diner as a city landmark in February, the Seattle Landmark Preservation Board voted reluctantly, but unanimously, last Wednesday not to impose any controls on the Manning's/Denny's building.

"It's a very sad situation," said board chair, Stephen Lee, noting this was the first building in his experience the board deemed a landmark, but then later decided could not be preserved.

By law, a landmark designation cannot prevent the owner from seeing a reasonable economic return.


WRECKING BALL ON THE WAY. Landmark or no, the Denny's Restaurant structure will soon be demolished.

Photo by Steve Shay

The appeal of the Manning's/Denny's designation as a city landmark has brought into question the fairness of the entire process of how a landmark is decided in Seattle.

The diner's landmark status was decided Feb.


ARGUMENTS OVER PRESERVATION. The Benaroya Company's lawsuit against the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board's designation of the Ballard Manning's/Denny's as a city landmark says the decision "will preserve a vacant, boarded up building in the middle of a vibrant Hub Urban Village."

Photo by Steve Shay

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