Seattle PI staff to say goodbye to globe building

The remaining staff of the SeattlePI, the web-only news site that has continued on after the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published its last paper edition in March of 2009, will now be moving out of the historic globe building on the city’s waterfront, according to a report by the Associated Press Friday.

* Photo by Joe Mabel, used with permission via Creative Commons license.

Over the years the PI globe has become a Seattle landmark, no doubt helped by its picture perfect location poised on the edge Elliott Bay and right next to Myrtle Edwards Park.

* Photo by and courtesy of camknows, via Flickr.

From the AP:

Hearst Corp. spokesman Paul Luthringer says the site’s lease expires on July 31, prompting a move to a larger space near the current location. He says the new building has the appropriate technical infrastructure, and he adds that the site will keep some office space at the building.

The 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceased printing on March 17, 2009. A day later, was launched.

At the time, questions arose about the future of Post-Intelligencer’s 18-ton rotating globe. So far it has stayed spinning atop the building, but three city councilmembers are pushing for the globe to be designated a historical landmark.

The Museum of History & Industry has also negotiated with Hearst about taking stewardship of the globe, but no agreement has been reached.

Delve into Seattle’s past with MOHAI’s Now and Then exhibit

You know that bridge above from the way it is on the left. There was a time not too long ago, however, when it looked a lot more like the image on the right. If you’re a regular reader of Seattle Times Sunday magazine, you’re used to seeing Paul Dorpat’s popular ‘Now And Then’ column, featuring the contrasting images of old and new Seattle like this one.

This past weekend, the Museum of History and Industry unveiled a “Now and Then” exhibit, styled after Dorpat’s column. The exhibit include the work of Jean Sherrard and Berangere Lomont and features photos of four locales: Seattle, Washington State, the Wallingford neighborhood and Paris.

The exhibit runs through June 3, 2012. Now and Then tours at the University of Washington are scheduled for April 17, May 15 and May 18. Check the MOHAI calendar for more information.