A group of developers has proposed demolishing the three-story Hahn building at the entrance to Pike Place Market and replacing it with a 14-story hotel. This would forever destroy one of Seattle’s major cultural icons, the intersection of First and Pike streets.
Standing under the Pike Place Market sign, watching the famed fish-throwers and listening to the street musicians playing next to the brass pig would not be the same with a modern building looming in view only a block away. The market entrance, as featured on so many postcards and souvenirs, would be irreparably damaged.
The proposed 14-story tower would be a monstrous blight on the Pike Place Market. No new building, however well-designed, would give the same experience, not even if the new building were only the same height as the Hahn building. The appearance and scale of the historic 1869 Hahn building are in proportion to the Market and other buildings at the intersection.
The design of the proposed building is under review by the City of Seattle. Comments can be emailed by Monday to firstname.lastname@example.org, attention: #3028428 / 103 Pike Street.
Most Read Stories
- The five priciest Seattle-area homes last year sold for a combined $113M. Four went to mystery buyers. VIEW
- Special sunglasses, license-plate dresses: How to be anonymous in the age of surveillance WATCH
- Snohomish County elementary school teacher found dead from hypothermia
- New software flaw could further delay Boeing’s 737 MAX
- At gun-rights rally, Washington state Rep. Matt Shea gives fiery defense, talks of nation's 'real enemies' VIEW
Alice Winship, Seattle, president of the Association of King County Historical Organizations