Contract - January/February 2015 - 88

interiors awards

historic restoration
King Street Station

Client
City of seattle
department of
transportation

Location
seattle

ZGF Architects

A
The quiet
attention to
craft and material
with this project
is especially
refreshing. It's
a meticulous
rebirth that
provides complex
modernization
without sacrificing
historic accuracy
and refinement.
This renovation
skillfully reaffirms
the importance
of the landmark
structure while
integrating
modern
infrastructure.
jury

By Brian Libby
Photography by
Benjamin Benschneider
and Doug Scott
88

lthough Seattle's King Street Station was
completed in 1906-in an era of grandly
ambitious railway stations-and was designed
by the architect of New York's Grand Central Station
with a clock tower resembling Venice's famed
Campanile di San Marco, Amtrak passengers passing
through in recent decades would have been hardpressed to find much to stop and marvel at.
"A lot of the detail and texture and historic
character had been stripped," recalls Tim Williams,
principal at ZGF Architects, the firm behind the $55
million renovation. During a mid-20th century renovation,
intricate ceiling plasterwork was masked by a dropped
ceiling and fluorescent lighting. Marble columns and
mosaic tile floors had also been covered, the glazed
terra-cotta roof had been replaced with asphalt shingles,
and an outdoor plaza was being used as an employee
parking lot. And that's saying nothing of the leaky roof.
"Deferred maintenance is the gentle term," Williams adds.
King Street Station continued to operate through the
years, though, as its prominence as a civic structure faded.
In March 2008, the City of Seattle purchased the landmark
building from Burlington Northern Railway Company for
$10. In 2010, ZGF began working with the City of Seattle
Department of Transportation to restore the station.
ZGF's challenges included returning King Street
Station's original Beaux-Arts glamour, as well as
upgrading its structure so that the unreinforced
masonry building could withstand future earthquakes.
However, the solutions to these challenges were
sometimes at odds with one another. "The structural
solution was a unique and not-optimal solution: We had
to drag forces so we could preserve spaces without
adding sheer walls and columns," Williams explains.
"It took a lot of gymnastics to make that happen, but
thankfully the brick masonry was in good shape."
Indeed, some 1,500 tons of steel were added to the
station's structure, including the 12-story clock tower and
perimeter walls, and the construction crews needed to
proceed without destroying the existing terrazzo floors
and other wall finishes. "They were very creative about
how they installed the steel," says Trevina Wang, King
Street Station project manager for the Seattle
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