If history is a function of memory and memory a function of experience, then the landmarks process that has the City of Seattle considering the Pinevue Apartments and not the Bauhaus building for protected status will be remembered as a bit of a cruel riddle. Wednesday afternoon, the lesser loved of the twin turn-of-the-20th century structures at Melrose and Pine will advance to the final round of Seattle’s landmarks decision process. Landmarks in Seattle — right now, as least — are a function of architecture.
[mappress mapid=”25″]Also known as the Timken Roller Bearing building for a long-time commercial tenant, the Pinevue advanced to the designation stage of the process in February while the Melrose and Pine Bauhaus building fell by the wayside as the landmarks board praised the much-loved cafe space for being “remarkably intact” but not rising “to the standard of landmark.”
The Pinevue, on the other hand, received higher praise as an example of early mixed-use architecture on the Hill with enough unique features to keep the design-focused interested. Reviews by the board were mixed in sending the structure through to today’s designation meeting. It’s likely the Pinevue will face even stronger opposition at this more advanced point in the process. CHS examined the case for both buildings prior to the February meeting.
Rising in the background is the Hewitt-designed, 115,000 square-foot development slated to tower above and around the partially preserved remnants of the two buildings. We have calls out to the Madison Development Group behind the project to find out more about what designation and protection of the Pinevue would mean for the project but we haven’t yet heard back.
The full nomination packet — prepared on behalf of the developer — is below.