On December 2, 2015, Docomomo WEWA submitted a Seattle Landmark Nomination application to the Seattle Historic Preservation Program. There is no question that the Nuclear Reactor Building meets the designation standards of the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance. Docomomo WEWA notified the University of Washington that it was submitting the nomination.
On December 18, 2015, the University of Washington filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle AND Docomomo WEWA, claiming that as a State Institution of Higher Learning it is not subject to the Landmarks Preservation Ordinance. The Ordinance allows anyone to submit a nomination. No laws have been broken by Docomomo WEWA, an all-volunteer nonprofit following its mission to advocate for the preservation of modern architecture.
Save the Reactor will have more information in the new year. For now, we just wanted to share this latest development with our followers and supporters.