SPL building nominated for Landmark Status in advance of sale
The 1920s brick building directly across the street from the Queen Anne library branch has been nominated for Landmark Status. The Seattle Public Library owns the former Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Building and it’s planning to sell the building. As part of the sale preparation, it has submitted a landmark nomination to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board.
Built in 1921 and 1929 (two phases), the building at 1529 4th Ave W sits on a 12,000 square foot lot. After a third story was added in the 1930s, bringing the total square footage to just over 23, 000 square feet. SPL acquired the building in the 1970s, converting it to a warehouse.
Per the nomination:
“If a property is designated as a city landmark, it comes under the jurisdiction of the LPB [Landmark Preservation Board] for design reviews and approval of proposed changes to specific historic features. Typical designated features include a building’s exterior and site, and significant public interior spaces. However, a property owner may still develop the property.”
The nomination includes a detailed history of the building, courtesy of the Queen Anne Historical Society. It’s an interesting write-up that is required reading for any history buffs – it covers the history of the building and the early days of telephone and telegraph industry on Queen Anne. Plus, it has several historic photos of the building, including this one from 1936:
If you have comments for the nomination, you can attend a public meeting:
Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board meeting
Wednesday, March 16 at 3:30pm
Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060)
If you can’t make the meeting, you can submit written comments. Comments must be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by March 15 at 3:00pm:
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
There’s no indication yet of what type of development could happen at the site, but if the building is approved for Landmark Status, the exterior would likely remain intact – or at least have a chance at remaining as-is (with some earthquake retrofitting), as any design reviews would include approval from the Landmark Preservation Board.
Friendshop pops up at the Queen Anne library on Saturday
The popular FriendShop is the cool gift shop at the Central Library downtown, and the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is taking it on the road with pop ups at neighborhood branches.
What can you find at tomorrow’s pop up? Gifts like tote bags, mugs and jewelry, as well as pre-owned paperbacks for $2 and children’s books for $1. All proceeds from the pop up benefit The Seattle Public Library.
Stop by the Queen Anne library tomorrow, January 23, from 11:30am to 3:30pm, and stock up on books and SPL swag.
Saturday is International Games Day at the Queen Anne Library
The American Library Association has declared November 21st “International Games Day” for libraries across the country. Seattle is no exception, and you can celebrate board and card games at the Queen Anne branch of the Seattle Public Library this Saturday.
From 1pm to 5pm, the library is hosting a free classic board games event that’s free and open to all – kids, teens, and adults are all welcome. The library will have board games on hand, and you can bring your own to share with other gamers.
The library has limited space, so arrive early to secure your spot in the celebration of games. Since the event is 4 hours, you may also be able to drop in during the 1pm-5pm timeslot to pick up game of classic board games like Clue or Sorry, Chinese checkers, chess, Uno, and more.
The Seattle Public Library is rebranding and seeking public input
The SPL logo and name will change –
check out the survey to see what’s proposed
The Seattle Public Library has kicked off a rebranding initiative, and it’s seeking public feedback via a survey on the new name, three new logos, and a descriptive mission statement. I took the survey last night, it’s short and well worth your time if you have an opinion on the future of SPL.
“Seattle Public Libraries” is the proposed new name, and you can comment on how you feel about this name, as well as the traditional “The Seattle Public Library” name. Plus, you get a peek at 3 different new logos for the library, with an open-ended response to provide your thoughts on each logo – whether you like it or not, what you like/dislike about the proposed graphics and text, and general comments.
The branding initiative is privately funded by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, but it’s ultimately the community’s library – so speak up and voice your opinions in the web survey.
Survey input is due by 5pm on Sunday, October 11th – but don’t delay, take 5 minutes today to take the survey. You’ll be able to check out the new logos (they look very different) and mission statement, as well as let SPL know what you think of the proposed new name.
Join the Seattle Chamber Music Society for a free lecture at the Queen Anne Library
The Seattle Chamber Music Society will kick off its Winter Festival later this month. The 2015 Winter Festival includes both paid concerts and free recitals at Benaroya Hall, plus a Family Concert on January 24th.
To give you a taste of what they have on tap for the upcoming Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is hosting a free Preview Lecture at the Queen Anne Library tomorrow, Wednesday, January 14th, from 3pm to 4pm.
According to SCMS, the multimedia presentation will “explore the development of the accompanied violin sonata as well as the birth of the concerto. We’ll explore violin sonatas by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, a viola sonata by Schubert, and also have a look at the earliest form of concerti with Vivaldi’s 1711 L’Estro Armonico.”
Jeremy Jolley, Director of Education Programs, and Seneca Garber, Director of Marketing will lead the informal presentation that will include a background on the history and impact of the upcoming musical works, plus recorded musical examples.
The event is free and open to all.
Friends of SPL auctioning off rare books about the Pacific Northwest next week
If you’re a bibliophile or just interested in cool old books on the Pacific Northwest, then check out this special eBay auction. Starting next Thursday, June 19th, the Friends of The Seattle Public Library will hold a special 7-day auction on eBay of rare and collectible books about the Pacific Northwest.
Per the Friends of SPL, some of the titles featured in the auction include “The Story of Seattle” by Roberta Frye Watt, “The Early Pacific Coast Photographs of Carleton E. Watkins” by J.W. Johnson and “The Saga of a Mountain: A Legend of Mount Rainier” by El Comancho. Most auction items will start at $9.95.
You can also support SPL via books sold by The Friends online at Amazon and Abe Books, as all proceeds from both sales and auctions benefit The Seattle Public Library through grants made by the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.
Check out the auction next week, and see what Pacific Northwest treasures you can add to your collection!