Board says 93-year-old Bill’s building unworthy of protection — Council set to finalize landmark status for 16th Ave Anhalt

Screen-Shot-2013-07-10-at-3.22.07-PM-600x657 (1)The Bill’s Off Broadway building will not be an official Seattle landmark. The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted Wednesday against the nomination of the 721 E Pine building. Meanwhile, just to show you that the board does occasionally deem a building worthy, the City Council is prepared to confirm protections for a Capitol Anhalt next week.

The Bill’s nomination failed on a 3-11 vote. Nominations need a simple majority to pass.

The nomination is the first step in the process to becoming a designated landmark. Buildings are eligible for another vote after five years — by that time, Bill’s plans to have reopened in this seven-story mixed-use development.

A Landmarks Preservation Board coordinator representative said members did not feel the 721 E Pine building — which has stood at Harvard and Pine for 93 years — met the significance criteria for a landmark status. She said some board member also felt the building’s integrity wasn’t strong enough to convey its significance as a landmark.

There’s no schedule yet for the demolition and preservation process planned for the structure to begin but Bill’s ownership said they have been informed that the bar and pizza joint can remain open through the end of November.

On Monday, the Seattle City Council is set to finish off the Landmarks Board’s designation of a Frederick Anhalt-designed apartment building at 16th and John slated to become part of this overhaul and development of the building. The Council vote will impose controls on the structure even as development transforms it into a component of the new apartment project.Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 3.43.27 PM

In approving the more than 80-year-old Anhalt apartment building that served as Group Health offices for years before purchase by developers, the board members said the structure was designated because “it embodies the distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style, or period, or a method of construction” and “is an outstanding work of a designer or builder.”

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6 thoughts on “Board says 93-year-old Bill’s building unworthy of protection — Council set to finalize landmark status for 16th Ave Anhalt

  1. Didn’t the Bauhaus coffee shop building fail to get landmark status as well? I don’t think of the bills off broadway building as a landmark in any way. Not that I want another 7 story condo, but it’s just not a cap hill landmark. Particularly if Bauhaus wasn’t considered one, which I think actually is more of a landmark.

  2. Makes sense that it didn’t get protection. Many other buildings that are of historical significance have been demolished. Bills building looks to have been hacked on so many times…

    Glad to see continued preservation along 16th Ave E. I’ve enjoyed watching the buildings in the area being restored over the decades. I’d love to see the building at 16th and Denny restored too.

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