Archive for January, 2010

Phinney Neighborhood Association Home Design and Remodel Fair – January 31

Source: Phinney Neighborhood Association

The 13th Annual Home Design & Remodel Fair
Sunday, January 31, 2010 – 10 am-4 pm

95 exhibitors line up to share their remodeling ideas, expertise, and products with you. City of Seattle permitting specialists will be on hand to answer your questions and there will be a series of short presentations by experts on remodeling topics. As always, exhibitors will be donating a terrific range of door prizes as well. Admission is $6 for PNA members and $9 for the general public. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more info, go to PNA’s website.


Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Film ad courtesy Eric Bricker

Anyone interested in Modern architecture and photography should see this documentary film about Julius Shulman, the celebrated architectural photographer who died last year at the age of 98. Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (produced and directed by Eric Bricker), will be showing at Seattle’s NW Film Forum for one week only (January 29-February 4). Here’s a synopsis from the film’s website: “Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry.  His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.”

Preservation Meetings of Interest: Week of January 25, 2010

Washington Hall, 1937 / Photo: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch

Learning from Historic Sites and Annual Historic Seattle Members Meeting- TONIGHT!

Be among the first visitors to Historic Seattle’s newest project. Our purchase of Washington Hall in 2009 gives the century-old building an opportunity to continue to play a significant role in the arts and heritage community for a second century. Where: Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue one block north of E.Yesler at E. Fir Street. When: Monday, January 25, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. Registration: Free/donations accepted.

INS Building / Photo: Eugenia Woo

Community Event in Chinatown/International District – Wednesday, January 27

INS Holdings is hosting a community event, inviting organizations and interested neighborhood folks to learn more and provide feedback about its plans for the renovation of the INS Building, a historic property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Where: Bush Hotel Assembly Hall, 409 Maynard Ave S. When: Wednesday, January 27, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Molly Brumley:  (206)262-0363, ext. 105 or

R.I.P. Sunset Bowl and the Future of Other Bowling Alleys: What Would the Dude Think?

Bowling alley in WA state / Photo: UW Special Collections, Art Hupy Collection, Hupy 0242-10

Ballard’s Sunset Bowl was demolished yesterday. As first reported by My Ballard, a group of former employees walked through the building one last time to say their goodbyes.  Sunset Bowl, built in 1957, had been closed since 2008 after the property sold to Avalon Bay Companies.  Plans for redevelopment of the site for a new apartment building have been approved by the City of Seattle but according to a statement from the developer to My Ballard, development is not yet moving forward.  A landmark nomination was submitted by the developer as part of the process but Sunset Bowl was not nominated by the Landmarks Preservation Board because it did not meet any of the criteria for listing.  Efforts to save Sunset Bowl by a passionate group of advocates were not successful.

Although demolition of the Sunset Bowl building has been expected for some time now, the question of the value of bowling alleys in our communities comes to play.  Each year, more and more of these one-story boxy buildings with large surface parking lots are being torn down.  Few may stand out architecturally, but their significance for communities as a place for sport and social interaction cannot be denied.  Most bowling alleys contain not just bowling lanes but also restaurants and lounges—they are multi-generational, community gathering places. Continue reading ‘R.I.P. Sunset Bowl and the Future of Other Bowling Alleys: What Would the Dude Think?’

SHPO Awards: Nominations Sought for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation

Ceiling detail, Fox Theater Spokane (2007 award recipient) / Photo: Fox Theater Spokane

The state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 20th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation.  This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.  Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, May 2010.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and will take place on Tuesday, May 4th, 3:00 to 6:00 pm in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia.

Nominations can be made in one of the following categories:  historic preservation planning, historic property rehabilitation projects, career achievement, public education, stewardship, special achievement and media.

The deadline for submitting nominations to DAHP is Friday, March 5, 2010.

For the nomination form and guidelines, go to DAHP’s website.

Preservation in the News: Why Historic Community Centers Matter

Washington Hall - important community gathering place / Photo: Eugenia Woo

  • Larry Kreisman writes eloquently about the value of community gathering spaces in the January 10th issue of Pacific Northwest Magazine.
  • We’ve all heard of “Most Endangered Historic Places” but “Least Endangered Historic Places?” Read Feliks Banel’s piece on the benefits of preservation and good stewardship of historic buildings in
  • MAin2 and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Blog both received nice shout outs in Crosscut this week.

Washington Trust Featured in Evening Magazine

Stimson-Green Mansion / Photo: Eugenia Woo

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation was featured in “Evening Magazine” this week! The segment was filmed at the Trust’s beautiful Stimson-Green Mansion on First Hill and at two sites in Seattle–Washington Hall (owned by Historic Seattle) and the UW Nuclear Reactor Building (an endangered property). Field Director Chris Moore was interviewed in front of these sites and spoke to the significance of the diversity of cultural resources around the state and what they mean in our communities. Watch the video online.

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