Downtown Seattle residents and Pike Place Market advocates are mobilizing to prevent a high-rise development at the entrance to the Pike Pike Place Market. A group of developers has proposed demolishing the three-story Green Tortoise (Hahn) Building at the southeast corner of First and Pike. In its place, they aim to build a 14-story hotel. Their plan does not include parking.
The Hahn Building is not a designated landmark, but it is one of seven historic structures remaining at the entrance to the Market. Dating back to 1869, the Hahn Building was said to be the only beer hall that remained open after Seattle’s Great Fire. By 1907, it was operating as Hotel Elliott, and the top two floors were added to accommodate visitors coming to Seattle for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
Preservationists opposed to the development plans point out that a high-rise building would disrupt the current scale and symmetry of the Market entrance and would permanently and negatively alter the character of the neighborhood. They have started an online petition to protest the development.
On Tuesday, February 6, 5:30-7 PM, there will be a design review of the property at Seattle City Hall, Room L280. Find more information about the efforts currently underway to save the Market entrance here.