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The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has designated The Showbox theater downtown as a landmark, a significant step in the nearly yearlong battle over the future of the music venue.
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Preservationists won a couple victories at Seattle City Hall this week in determining the fate of The Showbox theater. But the fight to halt the redevelopment of the 80-year-old venue is far from over.

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Concerns about the future of Bothell Country Village top the agenda of the city’s Landmark Preservation Board meeting Tuesday evening.


One thing about historic buildings is – they’re old.  They need maintenance and often costly upgrades so they can be enjoyed by future generations. In Washington state, there’s a whole list of projects that are cued up and ready for restoration.

There are 35 projects on the list, everything from Seattle’s Paramount Theater  to the Fort Ward Community Hall on Bainbridge Island.

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After being closed for renovations, Washington Hall, a legendary jazz and performance venue and gathering space in Seattle's Central District,  is set to re-open today. Historic Seattle has spent $10 million refurbishing the hall, which will be open to the public from 5 - 8 p.m.

In 2014, Florangela Davila produced this radio feature story about Washington Hall and its importance to Seattle's early jazz scene. 

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The staff of the SeattlePI.com is moving out of the waterfront building with the iconic spinning globe on its top. It's unclear what will happen to the globe, but at least one Seattle organization is interested in taking control of it.