The author, Charlene Roise, is President of the historical consultants Hess Roise.

The laundry building, con't.
A preservation historian on the architecture

In Conclusion
In conclusion, I feel that the Seattle Empire Laundry Building is an excellent and well-preserved representation of an important early twentieth-century industry. An industry that, quite literally, touched thousands of people in Seattle.

It is the type of industry that is easy to overlook, but to do so misses the opportunity to gain a unique perspective on a variety of social, cultural, and political issues of that period.

I urge you to acknowledge the significance of this resource by awarding the Seattle Empire Laundry landmark status.

This decision was reached more than one hour after the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board had agreed to a Certificate of Approval that has allowed almost complete destruction of the laundry's most historic northern facade, as well as partial destruction of the southern and eastern facades.

There have also been significant alterations to the roof line and roof brickwork as well as the obliteration of all period signage. The signature drying room windows are not merely no longer visible but were destroyed. A taller condominium building faced in tin and built in a completely contemporary style has been attached to the cannibalized 1914 building.