Horiuchi Mural receives $5,000 preservation grant

Back in April we reported that artist Paul Horiuchi’s famed Seattle Mural, the backdrop for the Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center, was one of 25 historic sites in the area up for a restoration grant from Partners in Preservation.


(Photo courtesy of Neil B. Waller via his Flickr page).

The mural was originally build for the 1962 World’s Fair, and has served as a gathering place on the Center grounds for the past five decades. However the Venetian glass mosaic mural is showing signs of age and funds needed to restore the wall and keep pieces of the mosaic from falling off.

The community was asked to vote on which sites they would like to see restored, and though the Horiuchi Mural did not come in the top slot (the top two sites as voted by the public were the Schooner Adverturess and Seattle’s Town hall, which will each receive $125,000 for restoration purposes), American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation did award the mural a $5,000 grant to go towards its preservation. The mural was one of 14 of the original 25 historic sites up for funds to receive this award; the other 11 sites were awarded more sizable grants of $50,000 and up.

Though the Horiuchi Mural did not take home the restoration gold, it was one of ten sites named city landmarks by the Seattle City Council last month. Read more about the top 11 Partners in Preservation grant winners here.

Three Queen Anne sites named city landmarks

Yesterday, Monday, May 10 the Seattle City Council approved ten new city landmarks, including three sites in Lower Queen Anne acknowledged for diverse architecture, art and historical significance.

Representing a number of neighborhoods, these ten landmarks exemplify the diversity and the rich cultural and architectural heritage of our City.

The nominations and designations for each landmark was approved by the City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, which is staffed by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

(Photo courtesy of Neil B. Waller via his Flickr page).

All three of the Queen Anne landmarks are located on the Seattle Center campus–the Seattle Center House, the Kobe Bell and the Horiuchi Mural, which is currently up for a Partners in Preservation restoration grant, one of 25 historic places in the Puget Sound area competing for community votes that will determine who will receive the funds. (Voting is open through May 12. More information here).

The other Seattle sites bumped up to landmark status include the the MGM Building in Belltown, the former First United Methodist Church in Downtown, the Sorrento Hotel in First Hill, the former Sixth Church of Christ in West Seattle, the Egan House in Capitol Hill, the Coca Cola Bottling Plant in First Hill, and Fire Station #13 in Beacon Hill.