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July 12, 2017

Help fix sidewalks in Pioneer Square

Photos by Lindsey Miller of Lindsey Miller Photo [enlarge]
This square prism glass at First and South Jackson was restored by the property owner.

This round prism glass at First and South Washington is near the Buttnick Building.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is raising money through a crowdfunding campaign to restore the prism glass that is embedded in some sidewalks in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

The Alliance for Pioneer Square is collaborating with the trust on the project. Its work includes identifying sidewalks that need repair the most. Heineken USA is a corporate sponsor.

The first repair projects the alliance has identified are the sidewalks in front of Smith Tower at Second Avenue and Yesler Way, and revealing the paved-over panels at Occidental Avenue South and South King Street.

The alliance said that after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, Seattle rebuilt Pioneer Square, which was then the urban center. Crews raised the elevation of streets one floor to correct drainage and sewer problems. This created a network of hollow spaces underneath the new sidewalks. The spaces were lit by embedding prism glass into the sidewalks. Some of the glass has been damaged or lost.

As of June 30, the campaign had raised $40,110. Prizes for donations include tickets to see Bruno Mars.

You can donate through the campaign at http://tiny.cc/54j8ly through July 15.

After that, you can call Lisa Howard at the alliance at (206) 667-0687, ext. 102 to donate.

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