A hearing for the nomination of the Ballard Carnegie Library building for City Landmark status is set for September 19. We’d like to invite members of the public to join us in supporting this nomination by providing comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board until 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 17. Please direct e-mail comments to firstname.lastname@example.org (include ‘Ballard Carnegie Library’ in your subject line) or use the mailing address below.
Individuals who support the nomination are primarily concerned with preserving the building from demolition and physical exterior changes. Ballard Historical Society has supported this nomination and believes the preservation of the Ballard Carnegie Library is important to the historical character of our neighborhood. (Please note that the designation does not apply to any previously-made changes nor does it affect building use; it would serve to protect the building in the future.)
Following are some of the points in support of the nomination, that follow the City’s Landmark designation requirements:
- The library is Seattle’s oldest extant library building, having narrowly escaped demolition at least twice.
- It is one of a few buildings remaining from the City of Ballard (before it was annexed to City of Seattle in 1907).
- The Ballard Carnegie Free Public Library served the community as a library from June 24, 1904 to June 7, 1963.
- Culturally, the Library served as a community cultural and education center for the Scandinavian immigrants who settled here.
If you prefer to mail a letter regarding the nomination, send correspondence to: Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Dept. of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124.
More information: Read the entire nomination (click “Current Nominations”)