Design guidelines for Fort Lawton Landmark District to be considered
Public hearing set for Wednesday, September 1
July 30, 2010 (Seattle, WA) - The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
will consider proposed design guidelines for the Fort Lawton Landmark District
at a public hearing on Wednesday, September 1. The hearing will be held at
3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, in Room 4060.
The Fort Lawton Historic District is historically significant for its association
with the history of the City of Seattle and for its planned site and expression
of military interpretations of American architectural styles of the 1890s and
early 1900s. Its period of significance is from 1898 to 1945 based on the post's
initial development, additional buildings and site features from the Depression
era, in addition to the fort's role in World War II. Fort Lawton's buildings
were constructed by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps according to standardized
plans used on military bases throughout the country. Most exhibit a military
interpretation of the Colonial Revival style. The fort also has the standardized
layout typical of military installations in the western United States, with
clusters of administrative and service buildings and officers' quarters
facing a parade ground.
At the public hearing, the Board will take testimony and review any written
materials submitted to the Board. Questions, written comments or requests for
information may be directed to:
Karen Gordon, City Historic Preservation Officer
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649
To review the design guidelines, go to: Fort Lawton District Guidelines Draft for Public Comment, July2010 (pdf).
In the Fort Lawton Landmark District, Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
has jurisdiction over any work that is within or visible from a public street,
alleyway, park or open space and which involves the demolition of, or exterior
alteration or addition to, any building or structure; any exterior new construction;
and, the addition or removal of major landscape and site elements such as trees,
sidewalks, pathways, roads, staircases, parking areas or fences and as further
defined in the guidelines.
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program staffs the
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, which oversees more than 400 landmark
buildings, sites, and objects, in addition to the City's seven historic
districts citizen boards. For information, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation.
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