With a major addition that stands on the south side of the structure today and other significant updates and overhauls over its more than 100 years of life, the Richard Hugo House — once, Manning’s Funeral Parlor — failed to meet the bar for the Seattle Landmarks Board on Wednesday as the 11th Ave theater and class space was rejected for historical protection.
The vote was unanimous.
The 1958 addition to the original 1903 structure was perhaps the greatest sin weighed from an architectural and historical aspect in evaluating the building.
Hugo House director Tree Swenson told CHS the nomination process is part of an evaluation of options for her literary nonprofit as it searches for the best path to expand its programs and offerings.
UPDATE: Thursday night brings the Capitol Hill Community Council arts forum to discuss preserving and creating arts and cultural spaces around the neighborhood. CHS reported on the opportunities of a planned Capitol Hill Cultural Overlay District to create everything from a cultural landmarks process to an incentive program for art-friendly developers here. Thursday’s meeting begins at 6:30 PM in the Cal Anderson Shelterhouse just off 11th Ave.