Preservation in the News: Endangered

1967 Sunset Magazine cover showing the Brauner House designed by Paul Thiry

This was a busy week for preservation in the news.

Paul Thiry-designed House in Normandy Park Endangered – Jeff McCord of Nickel Bros. (a house moving company) has been looking for a new owner for this unique Modern residence in Normandy Park designed by Paul Thiry who was known as the “Father of Northwest Modernism.” The house is for sale for $1 (yes, one buck) but it needs to be moved (barged) to a waterfront location. More info on the house is available on the Nickel Bros. website. Jeff has been leading this effort to save the house, with assistance from Seattle ModernDocomomo WEWA, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and Historic Seattle. The Seattle Times published an excellent article about the issue and the significance of the house.

Bainbridge Island’s Moran School Building Slated for Demolition – A little-known historic school building, built in 1918, is endangered. The Moran School was founded by Frank Moran, the same person who founded the Moran-Lakeside School (later the famous Lakeside School). Island preservationists are looking for alternatives to demolition. Knute Berger writes about the school and its fate in Crosscut.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Seattle Branch) Building: Victim of Downtown Seattle Development Pressure – Knute Berger’s article about the “Case of the Vanishing Bank” in Crosscut looks at the 1951 Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in downtown Seattle, a building denied City landmark status but eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Knute looks at some of the issues involved including the lawsuit filed by the Committee for the Preservation of the Federal Reserve Bank to nullify the sale of the property by the Federal Reserve.