Seattle Preservation Groups Nominate Showbox as Landmark

By Tu, Janet I. | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), August 10, 2018 | Go to article overview

Seattle Preservation Groups Nominate Showbox as Landmark


Tu, Janet I., The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


A trio of local historic-preservation groups has nominated the imperiled Showbox theater for landmark status, trying to get ahead of the developer who has filed plans that may result in the theater's demolition.

Historic Seattle, Vanishing Seattle and Friends of Historic Belltown submitted a landmark nomination for the storied music venue as of Wednesday afternoon, said Naomi West, director of philanthropy for Historic Seattle.

Vancouver-B.C.-based developer Onni Group had last month filed preliminary plans that could raze the venue and build a 442-unit apartment tower on the First Avenue site.

Shortly thereafter, Onni announced its intention to seek landmark status for the Showbox with the city's Landmarks Preservation Board - a procedural move typically used by developers to speed up the permitting process when a property is likely to be nominated at some point. It was unknown whether Onni would nominate the entire Showbox theater building or some other architectural feature.

Onni could not be reached for comment.

Erin Doherty, landmarks coordinator with the city's Historic Preservation Program, confirmed Thursday that it received the nomination from the preservation groups Wednesday.

Doherty also said Thursday that Onni had not yet submitted a nomination. "They tell us they are working on one," Doherty said. …

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