Events in February–April 2017
- Time For the 3rd Annual "HeartBomb!"
Time For the 3rd Annual "HeartBomb!"
[caption id="attachment_3163" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Key Arena 2008 (from Wikipedia CC License)[/caption]
POST STOLEN FROM HISTORIC SEATTLE...!
Speaking of the cause, it's time to show your love with our 3rd Annual "HeartBomb!"Show Your Love "HeartBomb"1 PM, Tuesday, February 14,2017KeyArena | ColiseumBYOV (Bring your own Valentine)Join us on Valentine's Day to celebrate a unique, local Modernist masterpiece - KeyArena in the heart of Seattle Center!Historic Seattle, Queen Anne Historical Society, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Docomomo WEWA, and friends will be showing our love for KeyArena (aka Washington State Coliseum) at 1 pm on Tuesday, February 14. We'll gather for a group photo at 1:15 pm to show off our homemade valentines to this cool historic building. (The group photo will happen rain or shine!)
HeartBombs are a fun and creative way to bring people together and raise awareness about what's cherished in a community -- a sort of city-wide love letter about places that matter.Why are we bringing the love?The City of Seattle issued a Request for Proposals for the rehab and re-use of KeyArena, a world-class sports and entertainment venue. But there's also a tear-down option. The landmark-eligible historic structure from the Seattle World's Fair should be preserved. Read Knute Berger's article for more of the backstory.
Participating in a HeartBomb event is one way to advocate for the building's preservation and potential re-use. As Berger says, "it could be a win for history, sports fans and taxpayers." Who doesn't like a win-win?Here's how it worksGet creative by crafting your homemade valentine to the building. Add your message about why this place matters.Bring your heart creation and join others for a group photo at KeyArena declaring your love. We'll meet on the west side of the arena off 1st Avenue N and Harrison Street near the giant, concrete abutment (or "leg").Can't join us for the group photo? Don't worry. Take pictures of you and your handmade creation in front of KeyArena, and share them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the hashtag #heartbombSEA, #heartbombKeyArena, and #IHeartSavingPlaces. Feel free to add why you "heart" this place and why others should fall in love with it, too!Have questions?
Contact Brooke Best, Historic Seattle Preservation Advocacy Coordinator, atGETTING THEREKeyArena is located at 305 Harrison Street Seattle, WA 98109, near 1st Avenue N in Queen Anne's Uptown neighborhood. Here's a map of Seattle Center showing KeyArena.For public transportation, go to King County Metro Trip Planner for routes and schedules.
- Public Meeting: Chittenden Locks--an Anniversary Discussion
Public Meeting: Chittenden Locks--an Anniversary Discussion
Author David B. Williams will moderate a discussion with local historians discussing the social and environmental history of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, which opened 100 years ago on July 4, 1917.
Held in concert with Pacific Northwest Historians Guild.
The joint meeting will take place at Seattle Pacific University in the seminar room of Ames Library. Free parking is available in Lot #45, adjacent to the library. Come early (7 p.m.) for socializing.
[caption id="attachment_1444" align="aligncenter" width="648"] First boat in the Locks, The Orca, 1916[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3127" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Locks being checked and cleaned, November 2007 (courtesy of Bruce Jones)[/caption]