First Hill institution Town Hall Seattle is under consideration for nomination as a landmark by the Seattle Landmark Preservation Board.
Town Hall Seattle, officially known as the Fourth Church of Christ Scientist, is located at 1119 Eight Avenue. The building, completed in two stages between 1916 and 1923, was designed by Portland architect George Foote Dunham. Designation is being considered under the board criteria that “It embodies the distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style, period, or a method of construction.” The application states “The building represents typical Christian Science architecture in Seattle and retains its interior layout and virtually its entire original exterior and many of its interior finishes. Clad on all elevations in white glazed terra cotta, the building’s materials, classical proportions and detailing provide an important visual anchor to the neighborhood.”
The building operated as a place of worship until 1998 when it was purchased by Town Hall LLC. Since then ownership has been transferred to the non-profit Town Hall Association who present and host more than 300 events annually. Serving as a community and performing arts center, programs focus on music, humanities, civic discourse and world culture through concerts, lectures, meeting, fundraisers, and associated performances.The landmark meeting is on September 19 at 3:30pm in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060. The meeting is open to the public and written public comments are accepted by 5pm September 17 to Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA, 98124-4649.
Town Hall is one of 35 structures under consideration for landmark designation this round. Landmark preservation requires that a formal permission process is undergone should any significant changes be made to the structure. Seattle is home to more than 450 historically designated structures, sites, objects and or vessels, as well as eight historic districts.