Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1984, demolished 2001

3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, WA 98105-5699

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Building History

The Center for Urban Horticulture opened in 1984. It was named for the Merrills, a family that made a fortune in lumber and became generous philanthropists for the city and region.


Demolished. The Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH); was gutted in a fire set by the Environmental Liberation Front (ELF), on 05/21/2001, in retaliation for the the genetic testing of poplar trees going on in the the fire caused $7 million in damage. The same day as the CUH was burned, the ELF also burned a poplar farm in Oregon. The main target in the attack was the CUH office of Professor Toby Bradshaw, who was pursuing industry-sponsored research in creating fast-growing, genetically-altered poplar trees. Fire completely gutted his office. Members of the ELF, Lacey Phillabaum of Spokane, WA, and Jennifer Kolar of Seattle, WA, plead guilty to firebombing the Center in October 4, 2006. Three others members were also involved in the arson attack. A replacement building, costing $7.2 million, was completed by the university in 2004.

PCAD id: 3634