Sketched Feb. 10, 2020

Walk along Broadway through the heart of Capitol Hill and you’ll see Seattle changing quickly.

At Denny Way, a massive residential project built above the light-rail station is nearing completion. It will soon add more than 400 new apartments to the neighborhood, including 110 units of affordable housing.

The modern midrise dwellings stand in contrast to the Capitol Crest Apartments, an old brick building across the street that houses 14 apartments, a barbershop, a bar, a Mediterranean quick-service restaurant (Al Bacha) and a well-known Nepalese eatery, Annapurna.

Last week, the city of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board added this 115-year-old building, with its classic bay windows and cornices, to the list of city landmarks. The designation — a nod to its architectural significance — will prevent the exterior walls from being torn down when the site is redeveloped. But it won’t save the rest of the building from the wrecking ball.

In Seattle, progress is unstoppable.