West Seattle’s newest city landmark: The Sanctuary at Admiral

August 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

We’re at the Municipal Tower downtown, where the city Landmarks Preservation Board has just voted unanimously to designate the former Sixth Church of Christ, Scientistnow known as the events venue The Sanctuary at Admiral — as an official Seattle city landmark. Its site, exterior (described as “Art Deco”), and 1st-floor-foyer interior are the features specifically landmarked, which means any change proposed to any of those features would require approval from this board. Just before the vote, board chair Stephen Lee called it “an amazing little gem of a building that certainly deserves to be a Seattle landmark.” It was used as a church for more than half a century before the congregation merged with counterparts in Fauntleroy after the turn of the millennium; Dahli Bennett has owned it since 2003. Her restoration of the building – including, as we reported in this story yesterday, reuse of materials from some of its elements including pews — won praise from the board today as well; board member Marie Strong cited Bennett’s “sensitivity” in the reuses. After the vote was complete, Bennett and her “venue mistress” Jennifer applauded briefly and thanked the board. P.S. Here’s the list of West Seattle-area sites/buildings that already have city-landmark status. And we should note, for those who watch these proceedings closely, the board agreed with staff that The Sanctuary met designation criteria D, E and F. At the board’s next meeting August 19, they’ll decide whether to give landmark status to The Kenney‘s Seaview Building.

11 Comments

  1. Hooray! Vive The Sanctuary at Admiral! Congratulations to Dahli and Jen.

    Comment by Marie Antoinette — 5:00 pm August 5, 2009 #

  2. Great news!

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 5:11 pm August 5, 2009 #

  3. It’s nice to know that we will always have that beautiful building to look at when we take our walk in the Admiral District.
    Congratulations and thanks for going to all that effort to make it happen!

    AW

    Comment by AW — 5:18 pm August 5, 2009 #

  4. Great decision by the landmarks board! That’s how it should work. Hooray!

    Comment by Meghan — 6:29 pm August 5, 2009 #

  5. Hopefully Charlie Conner does not have his eye on it….

    Comment by Mr.JT — 7:03 pm August 5, 2009 #

  6. I applaud the historic landmark status, but think it would appear more natural to the neighborhood if they would remove the non-native bamboo shoots from the front planting strip and the California-style palm tree from the southeast corner of the building.

    Comment by Forest — 7:48 pm August 5, 2009 #

  7. Where did that Vivax bamboo come from anyway? I think it looks purty. The palm tree needs to stay though – to much history as to its origins.

    Comment by timeslid — 9:09 pm August 5, 2009 #

  8. Great news. I love this building. I love the bamboo, too, and it’s been fun to watch it grow. Can’t recall the palm, so it clearly doesn’t stick out too much in my mind.

    Comment by AN — 10:55 pm August 5, 2009 #

  9. A heartfelt thanks to all the wonderful folks who cheered us on during the last several months. We’re deeply grateful for your words of encouragement and letters of support.

    We did it.

    Dahli B

    Comment by Dahli B — 11:38 pm August 5, 2009 #

  10. yay! :) awesome that it will be preserved!

    Comment by AM — 8:49 am August 6, 2009 #

  11. Thank you to everyone in the neighborhood as well as guests that we have had at the Sanctuary for the support and encouragement over the past several months. The Former Sixth Church truly is an “amazing little gem of a building”. This understated yet elegant space will now live on for many more generations. Dahli took something that was good and has made it into something great. The love for this building shows through in all of the details.

    Thank you WSB for writing a fair and honest article about the Former Sixth Church, Christ Scientist.

    Comment by Venue Mistress — 11:51 am August 6, 2009 #

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