Date set for city Landmarks Board hearing on The Sanctuary

As reported here last month, the 80-year-old former 6th Church of Christ, Scientist, now known as The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd and Lander; map), is nominated for city landmark status. And now, a date is set for the Landmarks Board to consider the nomination: 3:30 pm July 1st, on the 40th floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower downtown (here’s the official notice, which also includes information on how to comment in writing). Part of the info packet includes this note:

The owner is nominating this property for City of Seattle Landmark status as part of an application for a Conditional Use Permit to establish a non-conforming adaptive reuse of this historic West Seattle community church.

And this interesting bit of history from the church’s past (its congregation merged with the Fauntleroy Christian Science church before the building was sold in 2002):

The church’s first service was held on January 1, 1930. The total cost of construction was under $37,000. However, because Christian Science churches are not dedicated until they are free from debt, the Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist was not dedicated until February 8, 1942. There were initially fourteen charter members of the church.

You can see the entire nomination document, with tons of details about the building and its history (that’s where we found the 1937 photo at the top of this story), here.

3 Replies to "Date set for city Landmarks Board hearing on The Sanctuary"

  • fluorescent carl June 18, 2009 (8:09 pm)

    This is a one of a kind space in west Seattle and Hopefully will be given Landmark status, from the outside it’s it has a simplicity and elegance that reflects the architecture of it’s time… BUT! the inside is Amazing!!! unmatched by any other West Seattle space… As a public events venue so many West Seattle and Seattle residents will find an opportunity to attend an event at the Sanctuary in the coming years. I hope it can find the stability and safety that it deserves! I am sure a developer would love that corner lot, it would make a great Condo! I hope West Seattle residents can see this space and realize it’s a West Seattle Jewel!

  • wutwut99 June 18, 2009 (11:50 pm)

    Agreed. Awesome place. Checked it out for my wedding. Didn’ end up choosing it due to space concerns, but a great building nonetheless. We tear this one down in the future and we’ll realize we are culturally bankrupt.

  • Mat June 19, 2009 (12:32 pm)

    I’m glad to see it getting landmark status. I’m pretty sure my wife and I were one of the first weddings there in April of last year :)

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