My largest ongoing project to date has been photographing early to mid-century apartments on Seattle’s Capitol Hill – not necessarily ones on historic register, but ones of notable character. Some of these buildings are thriving, some are slated for demolition, and others have already been razed in the few months since I photographed them. These buildings are nothing less than our heritage. I am saving them on film, because this is the best thing I can do as an artist in this hastily gentrified neighborhood. Most buildings on this page are apartments, but some are houses and shops significant to this neighborhood.
Documenting existing heritage is not the only I do. With other neighborhood advocates, I attend design review meetings for proposed new buildings. There is a lot of understandable skepticism out there about design reviews, but they are one of the ways the public can (and does) influence the look of new buildings. These resources will help you stay up to date on neighborhood developments:
- City of Seattle Land Use Public Notices. Sign up for their mailing list to have notifications of new development delivered to your inbox.
- Design Review Calendar. See the design review meeting schedule, view and read developers’ proposals, plan to attend in person, or submit comments via email to the city planner.