P-I Globe makes endangered list

It's a sign of concern for a beloved landmark with an uncertain future.
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The Seattle P-I Globe, built for the defunct "Seattle Post-Intelligencer," will be preserved. (2007 photo)

It's a sign of concern for a beloved landmark with an uncertain future.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that the Seattle P-I Globe tops their 2009 list of endangered historic properties. The familiar, neon-lit globe was constructed by PACCAR and is a true landmark, currently sited above the waterfront offices of Seattlepi.com, the online daily that has replaced the newspaper which ceased its print edition earlier this year.

There has been much discussion about the Globe's future, ranging from putting it in a museum (like the new Museum of History and Industry planned for South Lake Union) to returning it to its original site at the old P-I building or using it to highlight a memorial for park for the death of daily journalism as we've known it.

Many have expressed the wish that it be added to the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park, a near-neighbor to the present P-I building. That is where this year's most endangered list will be announced, on May 26th. The list includes at-risk properties from around the state.

At least three others on this year's list are in Seattle. Last year's list included Washington Hall, the Nuclear Reactor Building at the University of Washington, and the Murray Morgan Bridge in Tacoma.


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