This 1962 tax assessor photo is of the old clock tower for Bonney-Watson that used to be in the adjacent parking lot.
This 1962 tax assessor photo is of the old clock tower for Bonney-Watson that used to be in the adjacent parking lot.

Bonney-Watson Funeral Home will come up for consideration of landmark building status on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

The Bonney-Watson Company, which has a 150-year history in Seattle, has requested the decision from the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board in order to determine what effect that could have on Modera Broadway.

Mill Creek Residential is purchasing the Bonney-Watson Funeral Home site and adjacent surface parking lot on Broadway, where it plans to construct two buildings with a combined 8,000 square feet of Broadway retail frontage, 224 residential units and 137 below-grade parking stalls.

Bonney-Watson Funeral Home at 1732 Broadway was built in 1961-62 as the company’s funeral home and crematorium, which provides embalming, cremations and other preparations for all Bonney-Watson locations. A report commissioned by Bonney-Watson states in its more than 50 years there have been no major alterations.

“The subject site and surrounding blocks on either side of today’s Cal Anderson Park were platted in 1880 by David T. Denny, guardian of the estate of J. H. Nagle,” the report states.

Bonney-Watson had a Broadway funeral home on another part of the block that was constructed in 1912, but constructed the new building in 1961 due to a need for an updated facility.

“While the new building offered less total interior space than the 1912 building—only 19,800 square feet on three levels—the structure included two chapel spaces for ceremonies, modern preparation rooms and a crematorium, and required only one caretaker’s apartment (rather than the five apartments that had originally occupied the top two floors of the 1912 building),” according to the report.

The Bonney-Watson Funeral Company has been operating since 1868, and the report states it is the oldest mortuary business in Seattle, and possibly also the oldest operating business of any kind in the city.

The landmarks board will consider the Broadway funeral home’s nomination at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80 of Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.

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