CHS wonders if the Capitol Hill residents of the future mixed-use apartment building destined to arise from the ongoing demolition on this backside of Pike and Pine will ever think about the love that preceded them.
On a rainy Sunday afternoon, that love was on full display as Babylonia Aivaz did solemnly take the 10th and Union warehouse building as her bride. And vice versa.
Aivaz wore white, her bride, mauve.
The wedding was held outdoors in the rain, in front of the old warehouse’s fenced-off entrance with a small crowd — and idled demolition machinery — looking on. There was a minister present, and a few Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were there to bless the ceremony. The minister read a few passages and orchestrated the exchange of vows between Babylonia and the warehouse.
The ceremony closed with the crowd singing a few songs including “Lean on Me,” with a few special verses added by Aivaz.
We first reported early last week on the protest wedding held to bring attention to what organizers say is the ongoing gentrification of Capitol Hill. Developers at the time said the demolition of the building would likely play out over several weeks. But by Friday it was clear this love would be fleeting as the first walls of the 1904 warehouse started coming down.
While not the model candidate for a Capitol Hill “character structure,” the warehouse does have its industrial charm. And its roster of recent tenants including Cork House, which opened summer 2010, the Museum of the Mysteries, which left last fall, Black Label Spirits, which sadly is gone from the space before it started, and the Capoeira and Brazilian dance infused Union Cultural Center (Facebook), was the kind of quirky milieu that could only survive in Pike/Pine’s more dilapidated nooks and crannies. None of the entities — except for, perhaps, Cork House which has shifted its marketing to a “Cork for a Cause” online play — will likely be able to pay the rent in the new development.
Not everyone approved of the marriage. The two protesters stood outside of the ceremony, holding signs that read “Marriage is Between Two people” and “It’s Not a Gay Union.”
Aivaz has said she fell in love with the building on the night she was arrested after a group attempted to take the building over but was repelled by Seattle Police and SWAT. The court process for the 10th/Union 16, meanwhile, continues.
No word on any honeymoon plans for the doomed couple. We suggested a few rebound relationships for Aivaz here.