C of A for Bleitz & Designation for Masonic Temple

Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting                                                                                       

060519.1          APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                               5 minutes

                        April 3, 2019          

060519.2          CERTIFICATES OF APPROVAL                                                                           

060519.21        First United Methodist Church                                                              20 minutes

811 Fifth Avenue

                                Proposed interior and exterior alterations

060519.22        Bleitz Funeral Home                                                                             20 minutes

316 Florentia Street

                                Proposed landscape/site improvements and adjacent development

060519.23        Highland Apartments                                                                            20 minutes

931 11th Avenue East

                                Proposed exterior alterations 

060519.3          CONTROLS & INCENTIVES                                                           15 minutes

060519.31        Highland Apartments                                                                           

931 11th Avenue East

060519.32        Roy Vue Apartments                                                                           

                        615 Bellevue Avenue East

                        Request for extension

060519.33           Turner-Koepf & Beacon Hill Garden House / JPL Improvement Club

                        2336 15th Avenue South

                        Request for extension

060519.4          DESIGNATION

060519.41            Sunset Telephone & Telegraph Exchange / QA Masonic Temple  45 minutes

                                1608 4th Avenue West

060519.5          NOMINATION

060519.51        The Showbox                                                                                       90 minutes

                        1426 1st Avenue

Public Comment Procedures: 

Verbal public comment will be limited to thirty (30) minutes total for the Nomination.  Please sign in when you arrive at the meeting and indicate if you wish to speak, and for which item.  Individuals have one (1) minute for comment, and a single representative for an organization will have three (3) minutes to speak on behalf of that organization.    Please remember that public comment should focus on the potential significance of the subject property related to the six designation standards (listed at the end of the agenda), and its integrity or ability to convey its significance.  The Board does not have jurisdiction over business occupancy or use.  Potential future alterations to a landmark are reviewed under a separate process and are not part of the Nomination / Designation proceedings.  As there will be limited time for verbal comment, we encourage people to submit letters of written comment that can be shared with the Board members in advance of the meeting.  They can be emailed to sarah.sodt@seattle.gov, or mailed to Sarah Sodt’s attention at: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Landmarks Preservation Board, 600 4th Avenue, PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

060519.6          STAFF REPORT                                                                               5 minutes 

To access this agenda via the Internet: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/agendas.htm

Note:  Meetings of the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board are open to the public.  Testimony on matters being considered may be presented at the meeting, or by submission of written statements to the Historic Preservation Program, Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 94649 Seattle WA 98124-4649 prior to the meeting.  Authority of the Board is vested by SMC 25.12.


SMC 25.12.350 – Standards for Designation

 An object, site or improvement which is more than twenty-five (25) years old may be designated for preservation as a landmark site or landmark if it has significant character, interest or value as part of the development, heritage or cultural characteristics of the City, state, or nation, if it has integrity or the ability to convey its significance, and if it falls into one (1) of the following categories:

  1. It is the location of, or is associated in a significant way with, an historic event with a significant effect upon the community, City, state, or nation; or
  2. It is associated in a significant way with the life of a person important in the history of the City, state, or nation; or
  3. It is associated in a significant way with a significant aspect of the cultural, political, or economic heritage of the community, City, state or nation; or
  4. It embodies the distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style, or period, or of a method of construction; or
  5. It is an outstanding work of a designer or builder; or
  6. Because of its prominence of spatial location, contrasts of siting, age, or scale, it is an easily identifiable visual feature of its neighborhood or the City and contributes to the distinctive quality or identity of such neighborhood or the City.

170 Prospect St: Brace-Moriarty Residence

Lumberman John Stuart Brace (1861-1918) started his lumber business in Spokane in 1878 and moved to Seattle 10 years later with his family to work with his father in the mill industry. In 1890 he married Katherine Frankland Brace (1861-1924) and they had three girls and two boys.

In 1892 Brace served on the city council and three years later he became Superintendent for Western Mills. By 1899 the Brace & Hergert Mill Company was successfully operating at the intersection of Valley St and Terry Ave in South Lake Union, now a part of Lake Union Park.

In 1904 Brace commissioned a home to be designed by the Kerr and Rogers partnership. The home was built from old growth trees by his lumber company. As President of the Lake Washington Canal Association, Brace met with government officials and committees of business men, and directed the educational campaign in favor of the canal. In 1918 John Stuart Brace died in his home after a 3-month illness.

“A very patriotic, high type of citizen was Mr. Brace. I know of no man with whom I have come in contact within recent years that impressed me as being so broad, unselfish and fair-minded, nor one in whom more confidence could be placed. He was a splendid friend. Not alone for his work… but in many other ways was he a friend of the community. It is doubtful if the full measure of the community’s debt to him will ever be fully known.” Lawrence J. Colman

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Are Historic Districts or DADUs the Best Way to Preserve Queen Anne?

Torn by the perceived conflict between preserving Queen Anne’s historic character and of increasing urban density, I waver between historic districts and backyard cottages as the best way to preserve historic fabric. Across the country, we find contiguous districts such as the Ballard Avenue Historic District and thematic districts where scattered buildings of the same general type, style or age are protected as if the buildings were contiguous. Both types of districts protect all the buildings within their boundaries.

The relatively absence of individual landmarks and historic districts in Seattle underlies my angst. Ours is no longer a young west coast city, yet we have but eight historic districts and only the Harvard-Belmont District includes residential properties. The rest are commercial neighborhoods (Ballard Avenue, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, International District and Columbia City) or former military bases (Fort Lawton and Sand Point). Seattle has no neighborhood historic districts like Queen Anne, upper or lower and no thematic districts. …Continue reading “Are Historic Districts or DADUs the Best Way to Preserve Queen Anne?”