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January 19, 2001

Seidelhuber likely to work on pergola

City officials expect to sign a contract with the Seattle firm Seidelhuber Iron and Bronze Works, Inc., for the first phase of re-constructing the collapsed pergola in Pioneer Square.

fallen pergola
Photo by Sam Bennett
The smashed Pioneer Square pergola

Heidi Seidelhuber, president of Seidelhuber Iron, said her family company was involved in an advisory capacity to Jones & Jones Architects in the 1972 restoration of the national landmark, as well as a minor restoration in 1993. Her Hungarian grandfather Frank Seidelhuber, an ornamental iron worker, came to Seattle in 1906 and founded Novelty Iron and Wire on South Dearborn Avenue. The company later became Seidelhuber Iron and Bronze Works, and Frank's son Henry in 1964 took over the business, now located in the South Park industrial area.

The pergola collapsed Monday when a U.S. Xpress truck caught a corner of the canopy turning right onto First Avenue. The company's insurance firm, Liberty Mutual, is expected to reimburse the city for restoration of the landmark.

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