[ Rendering of the Packard Building renovation that stacks three new floors on top of the existing Foley Sign Building at 12th and Pine on Capitol Hill ]

There sure isn’t a whole lot of the original Foley Sign building left on which to stack the three new floors of housing shown in the rendering above. Great that Barrientos is saving the facade, but dang, it’s hard to imagine how such complicated construction can possibly pencil.

The finished project will hold 61 apartments and 5000 sf of street-level retail. Clean, simple, and strong above, nicely complimenting the historic facade below, with a rhythm reminiscent of Trace Lofts on the next block south. The building will make a nice anchor for the corner. Too bad there’s a police station right across the street that creates such a dead zone in the streetscape.

Barrientos is amassing a hefty apartment inventory in the neighborhood — Foley Sign, Pearl, and Chloe are all within about a four block radius of each other. It will be interesting to see if there’s enough supply coming on to push down rents noticeably.

[ The gutted Foley Sign Building at 12th and Pine ]

8 Responses to “Facadism”

  1. wes

    I think the state ran liquor store kitty corner is worse than the police station.

    I was happy to hear this building wasn’t getting demolished for the new development. I was shocked a few weeks ago as I walked by to see the pictured above. Well, it is the facade that makes the beauty of the building as we can’t really see the inside of it from the street. As long as the finished product doesn’t look horrible as has been exhibited in other situations.

    All in all, I am happy that this Barrientos, Shapiro, and Dunn folks are doing a lot of the development in the area as they have been doing an awesome job. Can’t wait to see the development down by 6 Arms to get underway.

  2. dave

    I agree re: the liquor store (and Richmark offices to the west) being a worse offender. I’d love to see that demolished and redeveloped.

  3. Sabina Pade

    A postive by-product of facadism is the sometimes very attractive interior spaces of unexpected geometry and surface finishes in the newly facaded building – spaces that hadn’t existed as such during the facaded building’s original existence, and certainly wouldn’t have been created within the context of a conventional demolition and redevelopment.

    Personally, however, I always weep a quiet tear at seeing old structures eviscerated, even when the facades remain standing, because I love period interiors!

  4. Just like all of their buildings

    More like bland, soulless and cheap-looking above.

  5. JoshMahar

    I lived across from the fire station on Queen Anne for a while and very frequently there were firefighters hanging out around the outside, chatting and keeping an eye on things. A few times they had barbecues or parties and opened the big doors up. You were also always welcome to go in and have a free tour or get your blood pressure checked. Once they even brought up the antique fire trucks just for fun and all the people walking by got to stop and check them out.

    While that particular police station building is pretty horrible I think police and fire stations can be a very active and wonderful part of streetscapes by connecting the community and allowing people to engage personally with the local authorities. You can only have so many bars and restaurants before it gets mundane.

  6. mike

    i think the fire stations are going away from the model Josh talks about…

    The newer ones are being made to keep the public out, going as far as eliminating or hiding ‘front’ doors to avoid des publicums.

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