On February 20, the Seattle Landmark Board voted unanimously to nominate the Garden House (officially known as the Turner-Koepf House) and its grounds for preservation. The Garden House is believed to be the first house built on Beacon Hill. It was sold on October 10, 2018 to a private party.
This step is only midway through the landmark designation process. The City of Seattle has supplied this handy flow chart (in which all the cartoon figures are smiling) to describe the process.
At a meeting on April 3, the Landmarks Preservation Board will review the designation and decide what will be covered. It might be the building with its grounds, only the building, only the exterior, or only certain parts of the building. Then, the board will vote whether to approve the nomination.
The details of the April 3 meeting have not yet been posted. For information about the meeting and comment deadlines, please check either the list of meetings on the Landmarks Preservation Board website or the Save the Garden House website. What you can do to help is attend the meeting, send in your comments, and write the City to request a public meeting on the proposed plans to build five townhouses at the site, which would mean removing the pear orchard.Tags: advocacy, garden house, preservation