by Knute Berger
The battle between the city of Seattle and the University of Washington over the city’s landmarks ordinance is not over. But in the meantime, UW has applied for a demolition permit to knock down the building at the center of the debate.
A King County judge ruled in April that the UW is not coveredby the landmarks ordinance as written, giving its Board of Regents more leeway in deciding whether to demolish or modify historic buildings. The city has appealed that decision to the State Court of Appeals, but will not ask for a stay of demolition on More Hall Annex — aka the Nuclear Reactor Building — a structure on the state and national historic registers.