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Mossback: Threatened BI landmark also an important part of Seattle history

The 94-year-old Moran School building near Rolling Bay is slated for demolition next month. Photo: Tristan Baurick

The plight of the Moran School theater building has come to the attention of Seattle columnist Knute “Mossback” Berger.

At the top of his recent Crosscut column, Berger asked: “Is a building a landmark if no one can see it?”

Tucked behind tall trees on a narrow north-end side street, the four-story building comes as a surprise to the few who stumble upon it. Now that the owner plans to demolish it next month, Berger wonders if many people will rally to save it.

“It is tough for communities to hang onto their history even if their landmarks are well known, harder if they’re somewhat obscure and off the tourist track,” Berger writes.

For Berger, the building is important enough to be saved. As a precursor to Seattle’s prestigious Lakeside School, the building has historical value beyond Bainbridge.

“…perhaps the Lakeside connection might give ideas to those who seek to preserve it: perhaps support could be found for saving it beyond the island, which some say treasures its “ruins”, especially among people who value how an obscure structure that few know about has ties to some of the beneficiaries of the kind of independent “modern” private education the building embodies.”

Read Berger’s full column here.

Bainbridge press forum airs on BITV

If you missed the Bainbridge Island press forum last weekend, you can still catch it on BITV (Channels 12 and 22) starting tomorrow.

Channel 12:
Tues., Thurs., Sat. and Sun. at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Channel 22:
Mon., Fri. and Sat. at 12 a.m. and 7 a.m.

For those that don’t get cable but have high-speed Internet, BITV streams all their shows on the web: BITV.org. (Mac users have to download a doohickey to watch)

Crosscut columnist and former Seattle Weekly editor Knute Berger moderated the event, which included representivives from Bainbridge Island’s print, web and TV-based media. Here’s the recap Berger wrote in his blog:

Last Sunday (Feb.8) I moderated a panel on the future of media at the Bainbridge Island Library. The focus was, naturally, on local, Bainbridge and Kitsap County media, and the panel participants were Dennis Anstine, editor of the Bainbridge Review, David Nelson, editor of the Kitsap Sun, Althea Paulson, island blogger, Selina Shearer, news director of the island’s cable TV program BNews, and Crosscut.com’s media reporter Bill Richards. The highlight for me was the turnout. It’s a good sign when a library parking lot is full on a Sunday. The room was packed and the audience Q&A alone lasted an hour and could have gone longer. People are incredibly concerned about where the news is going to come from in these times of big media change. Technology, the collapse of old advertising models, the recession, all are taking a huge toll on traditional newspapers and radio and TV as well. No one is immune. And it’s not as if people were happy with the media’s overall performance even in good times.

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