At its next meeting, on Wednesday, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider whether or not to accept the nomination of the George Washington Carmack House. The meeting, in room 4080 of the Seattle Municipal Tower, begins at 3:30 P.M. and public comment will be taken. Community interest and support is noted by members of the Landmarks Preservation Board in considering whether or not to accept a nomination (although it’s not a listed criterion.)
The Carmack House, on E. Jefferson Street between 15th and 16th Avenues, has been the subject of two earlier stories in CentralDistrictNews.com. A representative of the National Park Service first suggested that the house be considered for designation as a landmark because of its association with George Washington Carmack, credited with making the strike that set off the Alaska Gold Rush.
The house is on a lot within the Swedish Medical Center master plan area and is embraced on two sides by parking garages. The property has been put on the market by the Jewdoschenko Estate, owners of the site, with a listing at a price of $1,250,000 suggesting the most valuable potential use of the site does not include the house. A feasibility study has been completed for developing a five-story medical office building on the site.
Since the Squire Park Community Council submitted the nomination of the house for Landmark status most of the interior architectural features were removed by unknown persons. (See the earlier CentralDistrictNews.com story). Nevertheless, an interested party is exploring the possibilty of purchasing the house, moving it to a nearby site, and restoring it.
A representative of the owner of the site has stated that the owner opposes the Landmark nomination and it’s expected that opposition will be stated at the April 1 Landmarks Preservation Board meeting.
In addition to in-person statements on April 1, the Landmarks Preservation Board will accept written comments before the time of the hearing (contact karen.go[email protected] )
The nomination documents, including a detailed history of the house and the neighborhood are at the Department of Neighborhoods Web site >http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/LPBCurrentNom_CarmackHouse.pdf