For Immediate Release
Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center/
Talaris Conference Center
4000 NE 41st, Seattle, WA 98105
to be considered for nomination as a
Seattle, WA – August 19, 2013. The Friends of Battelle/Talaris submitted a Seattle Landmark Nomination Report for the former Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board on March 28, 2013 (revised August 5, 2013). Both Historic Seattle and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation support the nomination.
The nomination will be presented to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board at a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 3:30 PM in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor in Room 4060.
Please show support by attending the meeting by 4:00 PM and providing public comment (generally limited to 2 minutes per person). Written comments (email and letters) are very effective and should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board by Friday, September 13, 2013 at the following email or mailing addresses:
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
c/o Erin Doherty, Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator
Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program coordinates the Landmarks Preservation Board. The Historic Preservation Program handles the identification and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects and vessels, as well as eight historic districts throughout Seattle.
The Friends of Battelle/Talaris remains focused on the preservation of this architectural, historic and culturally significant neighborhood resource. We encourage responsible and sustainable efforts by ownership and fellow neighborhood groups that support this end. We invite all our friends and neighbors to support this nomination by joining us at the meeting on September 18th and/or submitting emails and letters of support.
1. Who are the Friends of Battlle/Talaris?
FOBT is a group of Laurelhurst residents who in March 2012 formed an interest in preserving the Battelle/Talaris site, landscape and buildings based on their unique modernist design and intact original character.
2. Why is Seattle Landmarks designation being pursued for the Battelle/Talaris property?
Nomination/designation is being pursued to preserve and protect the property and to seek formal recognition of the property’s historic, cultural and architectural significance. Recent development proposals may adversely affect the integrity of the site. Landmarks designation is an opportunity for our city and its citizens to acknowledge and preserve our city’s history and cultural heritage.
3. Why is the Battelle/Talaris property historically significant?
The Battelle/Talaris property was originally developed and constructed in two phases between 1965 and 1970.
- The site and its improvements are an easily identifiable visual feature of the Laurelhurst neighborhood because of its prominence, spatial character, and unique integration of architecture and site.
- The site design and architecture of Battelle/Talaris embody the distinctive aracteristics of Modernist design and the Modern Movement in Seattle.
- The property is an early environmentally responsive, integrated site and architectural design and is an outstanding example of the work of Richard Haag Associates (landscape architect) and NBBJ, Inc (architect), both nationally recognized for their achievements.
- It is the only private research campus of its type in Seattle and is associated in a significant way with the cultural and economic heritage of the city as a center for research in science and technology and the application of the physical sciences to the social sciences.
4. What is the Seattle Landmarks designation process?
The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board reviews landmark nominations prepared by any person or group. Nominations are considered under a set of six designation standards to determine a property’s architectural merit, history and significance to the city and its neighborhoods. Deliberations by members of the Board are held in public and are based on the nomination report presented and whether the property meets at least one of the six designation standards in addition to meeting the threshold criteria of age and integrity/ability to convey significance.
5. What does landmark designation mean for the property and its ownership?
As a designated Seattle Landmark, the property would be protected under the design review authority of the Landmarks Preservation Board, if there is a written controls and incentives agreement between the City and owner. Proposed changes to the property are considered in public meetings and subject to public comment. To obtain a Certificate of Approval from the Board, proposals for changes to the property must be determined to be compatible with Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
6. If the Friends of Battelle/Talaris had not submitted a landmark nomination for the property, would the City require a nomination to be filed anyway?
Given the nature of the property owner’s proposed two options to redevelop the site— low-impact residential or single-family (89 SF lots), the City would most likely require the developer to submit a landmark nomination for consideration by the Board as part of SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) review for the development proposals.
7. Is the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places?
The property was deemed eligible for individual listing on the National Register of Historic Places by the State Architectural Historian for the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
8. Where do I obtain copy of the Battelle/Talaris landmark nomination and learn more about the landmark nomination process?
You may download a pdf of the nomination report from the Department of Neighborhoods website. Follow link:
To learn more about the process, view this link:
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