By Seattle Times staff
History buffs and architects who have sought for years to save from demolition a 1961 University of Washington building that once housed a nuclear reactor have one more piece of ammunition.
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation last week named UW’s Nuclear Reactor Building, known as More Hall Annex, as one of the state’s “most endangered” historic properties.
The vacant concrete building once housed a small, working nuclear reactor surrounded by glass walls. Nuclear operations ended in 1988, and the fuel rods were removed. The state gave UW funds to decontaminate and demolish the structure in 2006.
A new technological force is vying for the space: The Computer Science & Engineering Department, in the nearby 85,000-square-foot Paul G. Allen Center, needs room to expand. More Hall Annex is the closest development site, said Theresa Doherty, UW’s senior project director for the campus master plan.