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The P-I Globe was designated as a city landmark Wednesday by the city’s Historic Preservation Board. The final step in a long process ensures the globe will be preserved by the Museum of History and Industry regardless of the fate of the Post Intelligencer, which stopped publishing a printed paper three years ago.

The Hearst Corp., which owns the P-I, donated the globe to MOHAI after the preservation board’s vote.

The 30-foot-diameter neon globe has spun above the newspaper’s headquarters since 1948 and is considered an icon. Three former journalists on the Seattle City Council  — Tim Burgess, Jean Godden, and Sally Clark — moved last year to formally preserve the globe.

MOHAI has said it will move the globe from its location on Elliott Avenue, but is still negotiating with the city about where to put the globe. It has started a fundraising campaign to restore it.