On the front page of the Seattle Times Local Section today was a good article about the old gas station on the corner of 34th and Pike that will be torn down this Wednesday. It will be replaced by mixed-use building named the “Pike Station” with retail on the ground floor and townhomes above.
The article’s theme was: sometimes it is okay to see local Seattle “landmarks” go. (The building is not an official landmark). The article spoke about how the Madrona neighborhood has been accepting of the change to its real estate unlike other Seattle neighborhoods such as Green Lake with the “Twin Teepees trama” or Ballard with the “Sunset Bowl bluster.” The Seattle Times also gave a good history of the Madrona property with interviews with the current owner Tom Flood (owner since 2002) and previous owner Marjorie Lutton (owner from 1966-2002).
Check out the first link above to the Seattle Times’ article to learn about a sliver of Madrona’s history and to get ready for the newest addition to the Madrona Business District.