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CAPITOL HILL MODERN: PROJECT UPDATE
July 3, 2020
Considerable progress is made in effort to document Mid-Century Modern apartment buildings
1. To start identifying, researching, and photographically document the most notable Mid-Century Modern multi-family residential buildings constructed on Capitol Hill between c1945 and the late 1970s.
2. To increase awareness and representation of this historically significant and yet consistently underrepresented period of construction on Capitol Hill within the field of historic preservation and mong the general public.
Rationale for our temporal boundaries:
While Mid-Century Modern architecture has its roots in the 1930s, we chose circa 1945 to the late 1970s because the style didn't really start taking root on Capitol Hill until after World War II with buildings like the Red Lion Apartments at 328 Bellevue Avenue E (built 1948) and appears to have continued as late as 1978 with Brutalist buildings the Melrose East Condominiums at 150 Melrose Avenue E.
MILLIONAIRE'S ROW HEADED FOR NATIONAL REGISTER
November 1, 2019
Row residents Bryce Seidl and DJ Kurlander tell all in candid interview
On the evening of October 25th, I had the privilege of entering my 4th of the 24 homes on Capitol Hill's historic Millionaire's Row: the private development built in the early 1900s by real estate executive James Moore for himself and a number of his friends and business associates. The house was the foursquare/colonial revival David Whitcomb house built in 1907 at 633 14th Avenue E. David Whitcomb was a real estate executive whose company built many of the city's largest office buildings and his father, G Henry Whitcomb, played an instrumental role in James Moore's Capitol Hill development.
CONOVER DESIGNATION FAILS ON 3-3 SPLIT VOTE
June 20, 2019
Jewish Family Services packs board meeting
Following last month's confidence inspiring 6-1 vote in favor of nomination, there didn't seem to be much concern for Conover House's chances of success going into the meeting yesterday. However, things changed rather quickly when at least 20 people were seen gathered outside the boardroom in animated conversation. Scattered among them were a few representatives of Jewish Family Services who were present at the last meeting. Meaning they had called in their cavalry. This did not bode well.
CONOVER HOUSE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LANDMARK DESIGNATION
June 19, 2019
Additional findings to be presented
At long last our efforts towards preserving this value historic landmark are finally coming to a head. For those of you who missed the nomination meeting (pictured above) the vote was strongly in favor of nomination (6 to 1). However, some concerns were raised during the meeting. One, whether the house is associated with Charles Conover in a significant way. Two, whether it retains enough of its original form to convey its significance. Three, whether it physically stands out in the area. Our answer to all three of these concerns is a resounding yes. Scroll through to learn why in our final statement to the board and to see some additional supporting material,
HISTORICAL SOCIETY DOINGS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2019
June 19, 2019
Conover house moves forward, Thousands raised, historic places celebrated
Thanks to the combined advocacy efforts of our board in partnership with Historic Seattle, local architect Marvin Anderson, and the former owner Joan Zegree, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted 6-1 to nominate Conover House for landmark status on May 15. Jewish Family Services, the current owner, planned to demolish the building to make way for an apartment development. Marvin Anderson, says the house, built in 1893, is a “highly refined” example of the Colonial Revival style The house still features original woodwork, herringbone ceilings, fireplaces and other original indoor and some outdoor features. If you would like to learn more about the house, review the nomination report prepared by the owner's consultants and our own supplemental material.