SEATTLE – Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Sally Bagshaw issued the following statement today on the Seattle Landmark Board’s decision to nominate the Wayne Apartments at 2224 2nd Avenue as an historic landmark:
“We are very pleased with the decision of the Board to designate the Wayne Apartments as an historic landmark. The building is one of the few remaining structures from the late 19th century, and may be the only building of its kind to survive the monumental effort to regrade Denny Hill. We are glad to see such an important successful step toward retaining the structure as a piece of Seattle’s living history.
“Wednesday night over one hundred community members spent hours at the Landmarks Board meeting, making the case for preservation. Today, we enthusiastically congratulate them for their work and this historic decision. These are neighbors who truly consider themselves family. We thank them for the countless hours of research and community organizing, and look forward to continuing to work with the neighborhood to ensure this rare part of Belltown showcases its history of music, art and film, and with this action starts a new chapter.”