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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 7:50 AM
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Yet another beautiful Seattle complex is coming down.

On Highland across from Kerry Park. I walked by the other day and noticed they were all empty. I always admired the beauty of this complex. Now a five story condo is coming to the site. What a shame.





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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 8:17 AM
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"Now a five story condo is coming to the site." pwright1

Five story? Are you sure you have that right pwright1? This complex is being torn down to be replaced by a structure that adds only one additional story? Doesn't seem credible. 15, 25, 35 stories, maybe, but 5? No. If true, what rational, responsible reason could there be for doing this?

Maybe the developers are exercising their right to rid themselves of an 'old crappy building', or 'dated architecture', or maybe it's that a refurbished condo conversion just wouldn't 'pencil out'.
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 8:24 AM
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pretty sure he's right i live right by there, just walked by it actually. the neighborhood doesn't allow anything over i think 65' that seems to be about how tall most of the newer buildings in the area are
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 8:29 AM
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I just happen to have the tv on tonight and they said 5 stories on the 11pm news. I thought that was kind of odd but that's what they said.
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 8:48 AM
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lame reason to tear those buildings down. I am sure whatever they replace it with will cost much more.
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 6:07 PM
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^ Parking.

Does anyone in Seattle care enough to fight stuff like that?
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 6:38 PM
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Thanks for confirming the replacement structure's height via the news, pwright1 and seapug.

I'll be interested to learn what the developers actual reason for proposing this is. There's always somebody that dislikes a certain architectural style, or the lack of amenities available in some buildings, but this complex (name?) looks like it has a lot going for it; good sized windows, large,entry courtyard, nice terra-cotta detailing, simple and distinguished roofline.

Additional details about what other kind of buildings make up the neighborhood might be interesting to know.

Hope the neighborhood promptly and clearly makes known, any concerns they may have about this.
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 6:41 PM
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 6:49 PM
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I used to have a friend that lived in there.
Really cute and lots of charm.
The only thing missing was size. Man, those units are small.
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 7:39 PM
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Outrageous!

This is an outrage! They are tearing down that gorgeous historic building to add more condos! This should be illegal! So sad, I hate seeing building like this torn town, especially in prominent locations in historic neighborhoods. Every time Seattle looses a building like this, we loose a small piece of our soul. Especially when its being replaced with million-dollar + condos for newcomers from out of town to move into!

THis makes me sick!
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Damn, what a shame.
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 8:22 PM
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One of my coworkers used to live there. Quite a shame. Something about a rehab not penciling out.
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Old Posted Apr 24, 2007, 11:44 PM
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This seriously pisses me off. What a loss.
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2007, 12:45 AM
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I remember seeing that place.

That's fucked up
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2007, 3:48 AM
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yes zilfondel people in seattle care about preserving good architecture, did we not just save seattle first united methodist. i agree this one should be saved also. however seattle and portland do have to many people that think if it's more then 15 years old and has surface parking then it must be historic.
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2007, 4:08 AM
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This is terrible.

Wasnt there a similiar apartment building right next to this proposed for demolition last year for a new residential project? Or is this the same?

Another historic apartment building on Queen Anne Hill about a block away from Kerry Park needed parking and built an excellent and attractive row of townhouses over underground parking.
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2007, 4:44 AM
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Yep, it's awful. Tears me apart just thinking about it. Lame.
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2007, 6:00 AM
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Whatever the reason is for this our city is loosing its soul as Simi81 said. Architecturally Seattle was never a favorite of mine but to constantly loose gems like this hurts. I love walking around Seattle looking at buildings, especially the old ones. Here in the CD we're becoming nothing but a neighborhood full of cheap looking, overpriced townhouses. Some are ok but most are horrible imo.
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2007, 6:22 AM
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This situation exemplifies an area where I think cities have been very remiss in their planning. Naturally, it's important for the city to promote modernization, density and safety in its architecture, but it's also important for it to carefully monitor and guide the integrity of its architectural inventory.

Everything can't be saved, nor should this be the objective, but particularly good examples of various period architecture should be identified, monitored and efforts made by the city, building owners, and an informed public, to have them conserved in some manner where this is a reasonable thing to do.

Whether or not such building's are bound by obligations of historic landmark or historic register status, the city and concerned members of the public should be in a position to carefully consider their future worth to the city based on each buildings particular merits. If according to a developer or owner's business plan, there are problems inherent in having an older building pencil out with that plan, more effective measures might be put in place to help them.

At the very least, when the future of buildings representing a long standing role in the city's architectural heritage are in question, the public should have some knowledge of the business plan that concerns the future of such buildings, even though the building may be privately owned. From this, a greater consciousness of the city's good architecture and efforts being made to direct it into the future could be more equally distributed across the population.
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Old Posted Apr 25, 2007, 7:15 PM
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Where can we read project information on this?
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