By Knute Berger
David sometimes beats Goliath, but usually Goliath wins. Outgunned and out financed, preservation advocates have given up on seeking a stay of execution for More Hall Annex, the historic structure on the University of Washington campus otherwise known at the Nuclear Reactor Building.
The UW wants to tear down the structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, to make way for a second Computer Science and Engineering building (CSEII). The proposal has met resistance from preservationists, who want the building protected under the city’s landmarks ordinance, but in April, the UW won a court case exempting it from the ordinance, and since then, resistance has crumbled.