The City Landmarks Preservation Board voted on Wednesday to accept the nomination of Washington Hall as an historic landmark. Acceptance of the nomination is the first hurdle in the process. At a public meeting in early January the Board will decide whether or not Washington Hall should be designated a landmark.
At Wednesday’s meeting the staff of 4Culture made the case for Washington Hall with a presentation of its architectural and cultural significance. See http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/LPBCurrent (PDF)
Representatives of the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, the Filipino-Amercian Society, the Nordic Heritage Museum, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Squire Park Community Council, as well as several individuals spoke of the building’s importance to a broad range of people and generations.
The board’s vote to accept the nomination was unanimous. While stating their reasons for their vote several members included the evidence of community support for the building’s preservation.
That building is an amazing piece of Seattle history.