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One morning in 2001 this landmark 1909 cast iron and glass pergola all came crashing down, hit by a commercial truck trying to turn the corner. The pergola, built to shelter passengers of the early street car system from downtown to Lake Washington, had been proclaimed a national landmark in 1977. The pergola sits over a lavish underground public comfort station (washroom) which has been closed for decades. It was said of these toilets, "After opening, they are flushed approximately 5,000 times a day; 8,000 times on Sundays when saloons are closed." The pergola's cast iron poles, framing, and ornamentation pieces were shattered. The trucking company paid for an ironworks company to painstakingly restore all the broken pieces to their original condition and reassemble this lovely curved shelter in its original location at Pioneer Square. After yesterday's election results and announcements, today in the US and elsewhere many have new reason to share a similar hope that precious things seemingly knocked down and shattered by excesses in political power can, with careful work and focused effort, begin to be salvaged and restored. Click the link above for many more pergola photos (including the wreckage) and a full history. Seattle+pergola Pioneer+Place Pioneer+Square Seattle+streetcar+stop pergola+distroyedSeattle+comfort+station Seattle+Underground Seattle+national+landmark pergola