(MID-AFTERNOON UPDATE: Scroll/click ahead to bottom of story; building’s now mostly gone)
12:28 PM: As of noon, the western building on the heart-of-The-Junction development site was more than half gone. This one has far more history than the eastern building, which was torn down first; the one on the southeast corner of California/Alaska was the home of West Seattle Hospital for years, with multiple families welcoming new additions each day during the peak of the baby boom. Click ahead for photos and video from earlier this morning, when the facade started coming down (update: more images added @ 3 pm):
We happened to be in The Junction around 9:30 am when the heavy equipment first bit into the streetfront of the building along Alaska – here’s a short Instagram clip:
Looking at this site from the north, the crane for the separate 4730 California project down the block is a constant backdrop:
Before long, you could see through to the rest of the rubble pile behind:
This building is being taken down relatively quickly so that the site will be cleared before throngs come to The Junction for this Sunday’s Harvest Festival. Excavation will begin soon for a 200-plus-parking-space underground garage that will be beneath both planned 7-story mixed-use buildings, being developed by Chicago-based Equity Residential.
ADDED 3 PM: Work appears to be done for the day, with just the corner facade remaining. The sidewalks have been reopened. Here’s the view from Alaska looking SW toward California, with the remaining section in the background:
Here’s the exposed wall on the north side of Talarico’s, which is one of three businesses remaining between the Equity site and the under-construction 4730 California site on the south side:
On the other side of the temporary gap along California, a corner of the remaining chunk of facade – this section was once the Classic Barber Shop:
We haven’t yet found a good photo of this building from back in its hospital days; you can see it toward the bottom of this 1957 aerial from the Municipal Archives, which we also featured in an earlier story about the demolition:
Sorry, comment time is over.
All contents copyright 2013, A Drink of Water and a Story Interactive. Here's how to contact us.
Header image by Nick Adams. ABSOLUTELY NO WSB PHOTO REUSE WITHOUT SITE OWNERS' PERMISSION.
Entries and comments feeds. ^Top^