Back in 2003 Seattle voters approved a $167 million levy to repair or rebuild the city’s 32 neighborhood fire stations (although the final budget has nearly doubled since then - PDF). After 50 years of service, the permits are in to demolish Capitol Hill’s little northern fire department outpost at 10th and Roanoke.
Station 22 currently houses the department’s incident response team as well as Engine 22. The new $11.7 million station, to be built at the same busy intersection, will continue to house both units in a larger space.
While the current station is almost assuredly getting replaced, it’s standard practice for the city to submit landmark applications for all buildings that are technically eligible. The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the city’s application to preserve the station June 4th. The board will also consider the station’s location inside the Roanoke Park neighborhood, which is a National Register Historic District.
But the more exciting stuff happens on July 1st, when the city will present yet-to-be-seen design concepts for the new fire station to the Seattle Design Commission. If you want to find out about the latest with fire station renovations citywide, the Levy Oversight Committee will hold its next meeting June 24th.
As part of the Station 22 rebuild, the city’s Office of Arts & Culture is offering a $90,000 commission for a public art project at the site:
The selected artist will work with the community, firefighters and staff to create a site-specific, durable, artwork. The artist will be asked to address the work and spirit of the firefighters and the unique character of the surrounding neighborhood.
Station 22 was constructed in 1964 with its signature 30-foot tower that’s used for hanging and drying hoses. La Monte J. Shorett, a little known but active Seattle architect, designed the building earlier that year.
The first station 22 was located at 11th and E Howe on the north side of Lake View Cemetery, and was built for horse-drawn engines. By 1906 the city wanted an demolish the station and build a new one, but even back then Captiol Hill residents were sticklers for preservation. Fire department officials insisted the station was”plagued with structural problems,” and the city council eventually voted unanimously to tear it down.