The last time we reported that demolition of this building was imminent, a group of Occupy Seattle protesters and squatters tried to take it over before being repelled by police. This time, somebody wants to marry it.
A representative for developer Seawest says the demolition of the old warehouse at 10th and Union is already underway inside where workers have been stripping out salvage material over the past weeks. Expect to see walls start coming down in mid-February to make way for planned construction of a mixed-use apartment building on the site.
But first there will be a wedding. Activist Babylonia, one of the protesters arrested in the SWAT raid on the warehouse in early December, tells CHS she will spend this week handing out invitations around Capitol Hill to her wedding ceremony with the building. “It’s a gay wedding,” she said. “The building is a woman, you know.” Babylonia also helped organize the recent “Notice of Proposed Gentrification” protest and tour of Capitol Hill.
The goal, she says, is to protect one of the last remaining historic warehouse buildings from Capitol Hill’s past. Babylonia said that she has also been working with a group to complete a historical landmark nomination for the property.
The wedding ceremony is planned for 1p Sunday at 10th and Union. Guests are asked to wear their Sunday best. The bride and bride aren’t registered anywhere for gifts, were told.
It could be a short marriage. “It’s definitely happening,” the Seawest rep said of the demolition. Of course, if Babylonia is looking for a longer term relationship, she need only walk across the street to the Undrearms. No backhoes there — yet.