Register for the RevitalizeWA 2014 Conference in Wenatchee

2014 RevitalizeWA

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Washington Main Street Program invite you to join them for RevitalizeWA, their annual statewide Preservation and Main Street Conference, May 6-8, 2014 in Wenatchee.

The conference will feature a variety of sessions & tours relating to the revitalization of our historic communities on May 7 and 8. Additional pre-conference workshops will be offered on May 6.

Chuck Wolfe, author of Urbanism Without Effort, will be the 2014 RevitalizeWA keynote speaker. Chuck provides a unique perspective about cities as both a long time writer and photographer about urbanism worldwide and as an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law and permitting. In particular, his work involves the use of sustainable development techniques and innovative land use regulatory tools on behalf of both the private and public sectors.

Register online directly through the Eventbrite RevitalizeWA registration page. Also newly available is the preliminary conference agenda. For more details about RevitalizeWA, please visit the conference webpage.

SAF Design in Depth Lecture April 8 – Pike & Pine Then + Now

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The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s Design in Depth lecture series continues Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway) on Capitol Hill. Purchase tickets online through Brownpaper Tickets.

Capitol Hill prides itself on proximity to downtown while boasting a mix of uses almost absent from the neighboring business district. New mixed-use projects compete with the architectural soul of the neighborhood, rooted in structures of the old “auto row” and historic housing stock. Can this welcome density and diversity be integrated into the neighborhood without losing its architectural character?

Guest Speakers:
Michael Oaksmith, Director of Development at Hunters Capital
Chuck Wolfe, Land Use Attorney, Writer, Blogger, Professor
Jeff Reibman, Principal, Weber Thompson
Michael Sullivan, Principal, Artifacts, Inc
Eugenia Woo, Director of Preservation Services at Historic Seattle

Gold Sponsor: Krekow Jennings

Parking: There is $5 Flat Rate parking at 1609 Harvard Ave west of the Broadway Performance Hall.

 

 

4Culture Landmarks Capital Grant Applications Due May 14th

Grant applications are now available for funding to help repair, restore or rehabilitate your historic property. 4Culture’s annual Landmarks Capital program is open to private property owners, public agencies and nonprofit organizations that own a designated local landmark in King County, WA. If you are seeking funding to hire professionals and/or purchase materials for your rehabilitation project, then go to www.4culture.org/apply/landmarks and review the 2014 guidelines on what is required to apply.

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis. Typical grants range from $3,000 to $30,000 per project. Free workshops offering one-on-one assistance with applications and project ideas are being offered now. For a full list of times and locations, click on the “Help” tab on the guidelines page (see above link) and select “Scheduled Workshops.”

Women with Chutzpah!

Corinne-Simpson-400x379By Guest Blogger      Luci Baker Johnson

On Friday, March 21, 2014, about 40 women, and a couple of men, gathered at the Harvard Exit Theatre (The Woman’s Century Clubhouse, 807 E. Roy on Capitol Hill) to learn about turn-of-the-century Seattle women who bought, sold, built and owned apartment-house real estate. Diana James, a member of both the Woman’s Century Club and Historic Seattle, shared her vast knowledge in a talk titled “Women in Seattle Apartment-House Real Estate, 1900-1939.”

The idea of women in early Seattle real estate occurred to her when she began researching her 2012 book “Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939.” She was struck by the number of times she came across a woman’s name in the real estate sections of The Seattle Times and the Post-Intelligencer, as well as Pacific Builder & Engineer, a weekly construction publication. These were not familiar names that are found today in local history books, on street signs, or in tabloids, however. These women were pioneer entrepreneurs who engaged in all aspects of the booming real estate market, both residential and commercial.

Diana narrowed her presentation to just five women, all of whom had been mentioned in her book on apartments. She carefully researched their life histories–the dashbetween birth and death–then eloquently shared these discoveries, not just about their role in apartment life, but in their individual personas. What they had in common was that all five women had migrated to Seattle:  not one was born in the Pacific Northwest.

Josephine North and Corinne Simpson-Wilson were both born in 1867, and by the turn of the twentieth century both were active in Pacific Northwest real estate. In 1925, Mrs. Josephine North, as her customers and peers knew her, commissioned an architect/builder to construct an apartment building at 1617 Yale Ave. This was the North Apartments, which was renamed the El Capitan Apartments in 1932. The Wilsonian Apartment Hotel, on the northeast corner of NE 47th St. and University Way NE in the University District, was designed in 1923 for Corinne Simpson-Wilson. Ellen Monro, born in 1871; Anna Clebanck, born 1878; and Jane Brydsen Saran, born in 1881, were the other three women profiled.

Diana was diligent in her research and passionately shared anecdotal tidbits about their social lives, the clubs to which they belonged, and the marriages and divorces they endured. She articulately summarized encounters they had with a male-dominated business society. Much of their careers were in doing business in a man’s world. It wasn’t until August 18, 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified and these women were given the right to vote. We can only speculate how they helped to build a Seattle that today has many women in positions of authority.

The Woman’s Century Club, founded in 1891 in Seattle by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, currently presents monthly programs on women’s history in the parlor of the Harvard Exit Theatre.

Washington Hall in the News

Poster design by Redfyve.com

Poster design by Redfyve.com

It’s not too late to buy tickets and join Historic Seattle for a not-to-be-missed benefit concert featuring performances by four generations of the legendary Holden Family, a dynasty of Seattle jazz and music, and special guests The Teaching featuring Evan Flory Barnes, Josh Rawlings, and Jeremy Jones. Proceeds will go to restoring this 106-year-old historic building to its former glory and re-activating it as a vibrant community gathering place for arts and culture.

The event is this Saturday, March 29, 2014 (7:30 to 10:00 pm) at Washington Hall.

The event and our restoration efforts at Washington Hall have been in the news lately. Check out these articles and great piece on KPLU!

Jerry Large’s March 27th column in the Seattle Times, “Benefit party to help pay for the restoring Washington Hall.” 

KPLU-FM story about Washington Hall and the Holden family, descendents of Seattle jazz patriarch Oscar Holden. Be sure to listen to the great interview! 

City Living Seattle recently highlighted our upcoming benefit concert for Washington Hall in this article, “Behind the Curtain, Benefit Concert.” 

Louisa Hotel Update: After the Fire

View of the north and west facades of the historic Louisa Building in the Chinatown-International District. A Christmas Eve 2013 fire burned the western half of the building.

View of the north and west facades of the historic Louisa Building in the Chinatown-International District. A Christmas Eve 2013 fire burned the western half of the building.

MAin2 has been following the Louisa Hotel’s status after the western half of the building burned in a fire on December 24, 2013. This historic Chinatown-International District building, built in 1909, housed some of the neighborhood’s longest operating businesses including Mon Hei Bakery and Sea Garden Restaurant. All businesses have remained closed since the fire.

Here’s a Louisa Building FAQ from the property owner.

The Seattle Weekly’s current issue (March 19-25, 2014) features a an excellent cover story on the building and the neighborhood.

Here’s a building update from the City of Seattle (sent to community members on March 7, 2014):

We write to you today to provide an update on the status of the fire-damaged Louisa Hotel building located at 669 South King Street.  There has been some information in the news as of late, which we wanted to clarify.  As of March 5, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) began reviewing a permit application to stabilize the existing building to remove safety concerns for neighboring tenants and the public.  The proposal requires removal of the west wall on Maynard Alley, which was most severely damaged by the fire.  The remaining portions of the building will be braced and stabilized until future renovations can occur.  There are no plans to demolish the entire building at this time.

Both the City and the property owners are motivated to act quickly and preserve as much of the existing building as possible.  A permit will be issued shortly, which could allow work to begin by late-March.  Once the building is fully stabilized, it will allow private engineers to further evaluate the structure and help us determine the appropriate next steps regarding future redevelopment.  Attached is a fact sheet prepared by the owners of the building which provides answers to common questions and contact information for the community.

If you have questions about the status of the permit, please feel free to contact Bryan Stevens of the Department of Planning and Development. He can be reached at bryan.stevens@seattle.gov or 206-684-5045.

Musical Benefit for Washington Hall – March 29, 2014

Poster design by Redfyve.com

Poster design by Redfyve.com

Buy tickets today!

Join Historic Seattle for a not-to-be-missed benefit concert featuring performances by four generations of the legendary Holden Family, a dynasty of Seattle jazz and music, and special guests The Teaching featuring Evan Flory Barnes, Josh Rawlings, and Jeremy Jones. Proceeds will go to restoring this 106-year-old historic building to its former glory and re-activating it as a vibrant community gathering place for arts and culture.

With a new roof, seismic stabilization of the south wall, refinished floors, and funds to build an elevator secured, we’ve entered the final phase of the campaign. We need to raise $2.2 million by June 2014 to continue the renovation. In addition to fully restoring the Main Hall and Lodge Room to their original condition, the full rehabilitation of Washington Hall will include renovating the former Danish settlement house in the western third of the building. Once home to immigrants of all backgrounds, these spaces will become offices for Hidmo, 206 Zulu, Voices Rising and other community organizations, classrooms and meeting rooms, a recording studio, and cafe.

Please visit the Washington Hall website or contact Historic Seattle to donate to the campaign and to learn more about the history of Washington Hall. Purchase tickets here!

We need event volunteers! If interested, please contact Van Diep, Washington Hall Rental Manager at vand@historicseattle.org.


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