City designates iconic Seattle P-I globe a landmark

SEATTLE (AP)  -- The neon globe that has graced the top of Seattle Post-Intelligencer buildings for decades has officially been designated a Seattle landmark.

Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance Thursday that says certain changes to the P-I globe would need to be reviewed by city preservation officials.

The city Landmarks Preservation Board designated the 18 { ton globe a landmark in 2012. Over the summer, the globe's owner, Hearst Corp., and city officials signed an agreement specifying what features would be preserved.

The lobe was first installed in 1948 on the building of the Post-Intelligencer, a 146-year-old newspaper that went online only in 2009. The globe was moved to its current waterfront location in 1986.

An eagle outlined in neon sits atop the globe, with a revolving banner that reads ``It's in the P-I.''

The Museum of History and Industry has been working with Hearst and the city to find a future location for the landmark.