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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

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