Today Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance designating the P-I Globe as a City landmark, culminating a process that began more than three years ago.
“Since 1948, the P-I Globe has been a familiar icon in this city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I’m pleased this landmark will be preserved and remembered for its place in Seattle’s history.”
The P-I Globe was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Board in April of 2012 when it was nominated by three City Councilmembers at that time – Jean Godden, Tim Burgess and Sally Clark. City staff has been working with the Hearst Corporation, the Globe’s owner, to develop an agreement specifying features to be preserved by the current or future owner and clarified what changes would need to be reviewed by the Landmarks Preservation Board. Once that agreement was completed in June, Mayor Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Jean Godden and Sally Bagshaw introduced the legislation signed today.
The P-I Globe is a unique sign, designed and manufactured specifically to advertise the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and has been a Seattle icon since it was installed on the Post-Intelligencer building in 1948. The image of the Globe served as the logo for the newspaper appearing on its masthead and on each section of the paper. The Globe was later moved to its present location on Elliott Avenue W in 1986.