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Once the Seattle Automobile Company, 11th and Pike building home to Retrofit, Cafe Pettirosso up for landmarks vote

Thanks to 2020-era videoconference technology, Pike/Pine could have a new landmark this week celebrating Capitol Hill’s auto row history.

The 1916-built Baker Linen building at 11th and Pike is set to go through the final stage of the city’s landmark preservation process Wednesday afternoon in an online session necessitated by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.


CHS reported on the nomination of the property owned by neighborhood developer Liz Dunn moving forward in the landmarks process earlier this year.

Currently, retailer Retrofit Home and Cafe Pettirosso call the building’s street level home while offices fill the upper floors.

Dunn is planning a seismic overhaul and the addition of two stories of office space above the building and is working with the Capitol Hill Historical Society to establish protections for the property originally created as “as an automobile showroom, garage, and service building” by architect Sønke Engelhart Sønnichsen “in the Commercial or Chicago School style.”

You can watch the proceedings — and speak up with public comment — Wednesday afternoon. The presentation from Dunn and the historical society in support of the nomination is below. You can review the full nomination document (PDF) here.

Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting Remote Meeting
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – 3:30 p.m.
LPB 242/20
In-person attendance is currently prohibited per Washington State Governor’s Proclamation No. 20-28.5. Meeting participation is limited to access by the WebEx meeting link or the telephone call- in line provided below.

Sign-up to provide verbal Public Comment at the meeting; see link below.
Virtually attend the meeting (all attendees will be muted upon entry) via this WebEx link: 089d321635
Listen to the meeting by calling 1-206-207-1700 and enter meeting access code: 146 810 0700.
You may submit written public comment any time. We encourage you to submit written comment well in advance of the meeting to give the Board sufficient time to review them. If you would like to ensure that your written public comment is forwarded to the Board prior to the applicable Board meeting, please submit your comment to and/or no later than 3:30 pm the day prior to meeting.

Members of the public may sign up to address the Landmarks Preservation Board for up to 2 minutes on matters on this agenda; total time allotted to public comment at this meeting is 20 minutes.
Register online to speak during the Public Comment period at: preservation/landmarks/public-comment
Online registration to speak at the Landmarks Preservation Board meeting will begin two hours before the 3:30 p.m. meeting start time, and registration will end at the start of the Board meeting. Members of the public who wish to speak can either use the call-in number or use the WebEx link above. Speakers must be registered in order to be recognized by the Chair/Board staff.

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