By Nick Perry
Perhaps it should be called Radiation Ruins. Or the UW Hot House.
It’s an odd relic — a University of Washington building that once housed a nuclear reactor. Now, a UW graduate student is hoping to preserve it by nominating it to the National Register of Historic Places.
The building is unusual — perhaps unique — in that the reactor was surrounded by glass walls so that students could peek in. Many students walking past the empty building these days on their way to the gym or to class have no idea of its history.