By Katherine Long
Some call it a useless relic of the nuclear age. Others say it’s a modernist gem of a building.
One thing is certain: The fate of the old nuclear-reactor building at the University of Washington has set off a chain reaction of concern about historic preservation, and has raised fundamental questions about how much power the UW’s Board of Regents can wield.
After preservationists nominated the reactor building, More Hall Annex, to receive landmark status under the city’s Landmark Preservation Ordinance, the university sued, saying it shouldn’t be bound by that law.