The Hansen Building pictured in 2012, photo courtesy of the Lohrers.

After announcing and awarding an unprecedented $28 million investment in King County’s cultural infrastructure last year, we’re excited to see funded projects underway all over the county. Saving Landmarks was a portion of Building for Culture funds specifically dedicated to preserving our region’s invaluable built environment, and last month we saw it in action in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The historic Hansen Building is currently undergoing a seismic retrofit, thanks, in part, to this program.

Built in 1905, the Hansen Building was nominated to the U.S. Department of the Interior National Register in 1976, as a contributing building in the Ballard Avenue Landmark District. Located in old Ballard, on the corner of Ballard Avenue and NW Dock Place, the Hansen Building is privately owned by Roger and Laurie Lohrer, and leased to commercial tenants.

As stewards of the site for the last 18 years, the Lohrers are dedicated to preserving the building and the sense of permanence it brings the community. “Our goal is to preserve its historic character, distinctive features and period-typical craftsmanship” said Laurie Lohrer. “We value our role to preserve this architectural gem. We decided in invest in the voluntary seismic retrofit, as the best, long term way to protect the building, passersby and our tenants. Our thanks goes out to 4Culture and King County for grant funding, to our tenants for their patience and cooperation, our terrific project team—Marpac Construction, SMR Architects and IL Gross Structural Engineers—to the City of Seattle DCI, SDOT, Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board, and Puget Sound Energy, who all helped make our retrofit possible.”

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Roof demo for seismic ties, September 2016, photo courtesy of Dock Street Properties LLC.