Our goal is to save and preserve this welcoming historic structure residing on the main street of Warren G. Magnuson Park’s historical district and see it activated for recreational and cultural purposes for the regional community. Warren G. Magnuson Park is a 330 acre park situated on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Washington. The park was previously a Naval Air Station and can boast being the take-off point for the First Round-The-World Flight in 1924. The park was conveyed by the Navy to the City of Seattle in 1999.
Building 18’s location is ideal for a variety of purposes, being sited on what is considered the park’s Main Street, and is on the way to many of the park’s most popular amenities like the off-leash dog area, nine ball fields, restored wetlands, outdoor amphitheater, community garden and playground. It is directly across from another important historic building, Building 30, a former airplane hangar with offices that is being renovated by the City beginning October 2012.
The building enjoys abundant parking, visibility and pedestrian access. The first floor openings are mainly comprised of large garage doors, allowing inviting access and good social space. The first floor also presents a charming brick interior. Its four-story tower formerly used for drying hoses is visible from much of the historic district.
It was built in 1936 with additions taking place through 1956 and is 14,137 square feet. Among the many proposed uses, becoming the new home of Cascade Bicycle Club, the largest bicycle club in the U.S., ranks highly. Proposed partners include the Outdoors for All Foundation, an organization which enriches the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities, including Military Veterans, through outdoor recreation, and provides the specialized equipment which enables them to kayak, ski, bicycle, rock climb and more.
Building 18 is also known as “the old firehouse” and is one of several buildings in the 89.5 acre historic district that has been awarded national, state and local landmark status. The building will remain under ownership of Seattle Parks and Recreation. Qualified partners will be eligible for a long-term lease, enabling them to take advantage of tax credits.
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