Andy Rathbun and The Herald recently completed a well written series, The Grid, regarding the historic street names in Everett.
Everett’s historic buildings typically bear names of their architects or owners as well, or may remain without a name — as does our treasured “Old City Hall.” Designed in Art Deco style in 1929 by AH Albertson, it has stood proudly for over 80 years.
As stated in the National Register of Historic places, “The main entrance to the building spans the width of the central bays of the pavilion, and is surmounted by bronze letters which read “City of Everett.” The building serves the city of Everett.
Now the city is seeking to change its naming policy to include renaming of historic buildings.
As the City Council ponders naming our historic city hall after a contemporary politician, whose son currently sits on city council, one wonders what precedent is being set. If we rename buildings for apparent political reasons, the integrity of our city is demeaned.
Specific monuments are generally built after death, to honor those who served their community or country. If the city of Everett deems Mayor Moore’s legacy in need of a visible remembrance, perhaps friends and former colleagues could rally to raise funds for such a tribute.