1101 E Pike St And Booth Building To Be Nominated For Landmark Status


What do a former music school building and a former automotive dealership building have in common? Both are historically and architecturally significant buildings in Pike/Pine that will be considered for nomination as city landmarks this week! Specifically this Wednesday, February 19 starting at 3:30pm on floor L2 Room L2-80 inside Seattle City Hall 600 4th Avenue.

Please consider attending the board meeting to support these nominations or submit public comment by email to sarah.sodt@seattle.gov no later than 3pm Tuesday the 18th.

Links to the full nomination reports: 1101 E Pike St Report | Booth Building Report

Our official statements of support are as follows:

1101 E. Pike Street: Capitol Hill Historical Society enthusiastically supports the nomination of 1101 E. Pike Street as a Seattle landmark under criteria C, D, and E. 1101 E. Pike is significantly associated, in design and use, with Seattle’s Auto Row. It was built for one of the very earliest automobile retailers in Seattle. Auto Row was significant to the economic history of our community, and its impact lingers today with a scattering of businesses. Auto Row was an earlier name for the Pike/Pine part of our community. 1101 E. Pike embodies a 1910s commercial building, with its transom windows, mixed brown brick masonry, and glazed ceramic tiles. The large window openings make it clearly part of the automotive show rooms from the surrounding neighborhood. It is an outstanding work of notable and influential Seattle architect Sonke Sonnichsen. His unique and prolific work contributed greatly to the development of Seattle, Vancouver, and other cities. His work can still be seen in many neighborhoods today. 1101 E. Pike's curves, lines, contrasting colors, and massing would stand out in a catalog of neighborhood buildings, auto showrooms, or Sonnichsen's work. In addition to being a beautiful representation of its architectural style, 1101 E. Pike is an exceptionally well-maintained building that retains its original look and feel in both its interior and exterior components. It maintains integrity and easily conveys its significance.

(Prepared by Tamara Bunnell and Rob Ketcherside) Booth Building: