Old Home of the P-I Globe "Not Thrilled" About Possibility of Bringing It Back

This week the City of Seattle and the Museum of History and Industry asked the public where it wanted to put Seattle's soon-to-be landmark Post-Intelligencer Globe. If you were considering the P-I's old headquarters at 6th and Wall in Belltown, you can forget it.

The Sabey Corporation bought the 6th and Wall building from Hearst when the P-I moved down to Elliott Ave in 1986. At the time, Sabey owned both buildings and paid for moving the globe out of their own pocket. "We're not too thrilled about the idea," says spokesman Jim Kneeland. "It was such a major task to move in the first place," he explained.

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Hearst built the 6th and Wall headquarters in 1948 when post-depression regrade land was dirt cheap. The front of the building was oval shaped to accent the globe placed atop and there it stood for almost 40 years. When the P-I gave over paper-printing to the Seattle Times, they moved their offices to the Seattle waterfront and Group Health moved in.

Group Health "completely changed the building. All the (globe) structures are gone and would have to be rebuilt," says Kneeland. Group Health moved out after 15 years and Seattle City University is set to move into the bottom two floors this year. Kneeland says he thinks the globe should go someplace that honors journalism, like the communications building on the University of Washington campus. "Besides," he says, "the only ones who remember (the old P-I) are dinosaurs like me."

This means the P-I globe is now unwanted at both of its original homes. The next likely stop for wayward world will be Hanger 2 at Magnuson Park for restoration work, followed by who knows where. Let the city know where you think the Seattle icon should be displayed. Post your suggestions on MOHAI's facebook page, tweet @MOHAI using the #LightUpTheGlobe hashtag, or email info@seattlehistory.org

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