Archive for March, 2010

What is this? Architectural Quiz No. 3

What is This? / Photo: Eugenia Woo

Yes, that thingie around a door handle has a name! What is it? Continue reading ‘What is this? Architectural Quiz No. 3’


Modern House Tour on Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ryning House / Photo: Docomomo WEWA

Join Docomomo WEWA for a fantastic tour of the Ryning House (designed by Paul Hayden Kirk) in Medina, built in 1953.

WHAT: Ryning House 
WHERE: 3212 Evergreen Point Road in Medina 
(near Bellevue). On-street parking is available (please do not block driveways).
WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 2010. Come anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 p.m.
COST: The tour fee is $5 per person. Reservations are not needed. Please pay at the door. Enjoy refreshments on the tour.

More info on Docomomo WEWA’s website.

Preservation in the News: Federal Reserve Bank, Seattle Branch

Federal Reserve Bank, Seattle Branch Building / Source: Google Maps streetview

Two more articles in Crosscut were published this week about the Federal Reserve Bank, Seattle Branch Building (1015 2nd Avenue) and the lawsuit brought by the Committee for the Preservation of the Seattle Federal Reserve Bank against the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle Branch. Knute Berger attended the hearing and reported extensively on its proceedings in an article titled, “City’s Landmark Preservation Process on Trial.” Today, Berger reports the breaking news in a Crosscut blog post that U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik found the Federal Reserve Bank’s purchase and sale agreement of the bank building “unlawful.” For background on this issue, read Berger’s first article in Crosscut.

Preservation in the News: Endangered

1967 Sunset Magazine cover showing the Brauner House designed by Paul Thiry

This was a busy week for preservation in the news.

Paul Thiry-designed House in Normandy Park Endangered – Jeff McCord of Nickel Bros. (a house moving company) has been looking for a new owner for this unique Modern residence in Normandy Park designed by Paul Thiry who was known as the “Father of Northwest Modernism.” The house is for sale for $1 (yes, one buck) but it needs to be moved (barged) to a waterfront location. More info on the house is available on the Nickel Bros. website. Jeff has been leading this effort to save the house, with assistance from Seattle ModernDocomomo WEWA, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and Historic Seattle. The Seattle Times published an excellent article about the issue and the significance of the house.

Bainbridge Island’s Moran School Building Slated for Demolition – A little-known historic school building, built in 1918, is endangered. The Moran School was founded by Frank Moran, the same person who founded the Moran-Lakeside School (later the famous Lakeside School). Island preservationists are looking for alternatives to demolition. Knute Berger writes about the school and its fate in Crosscut.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Seattle Branch) Building: Victim of Downtown Seattle Development Pressure – Knute Berger’s article about the “Case of the Vanishing Bank” in Crosscut looks at the 1951 Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in downtown Seattle, a building denied City landmark status but eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Knute looks at some of the issues involved including the lawsuit filed by the Committee for the Preservation of the Federal Reserve Bank to nullify the sale of the property by the Federal Reserve.

Preservation/Heritage Events of Note – March 12 and 13

Logo source: Irish Georgian Society

Film Screening and Lecture at the Henry Art Gallery (Friday, March 12, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

“Saving Our Heritage, the Irish Georgian Society.” Learn about efforts to conserve heritage across the Atlantic. Spend an evening with Rt. Hon. Desmond Guinness, Irish author on Georgian art and architecture and a conservationist, and president of the Irish Georgian Society. Mr. Guinness will present a lecture and a special screening of a 50 minute documentary filmed on location in Ireland. Go to the Henry Art Gallery’s website for more information about this event and how to buy tickets online. This film is being presented as part of the Irish Reels Film Festival (March 12-14), a forum for features, shorts, and documentaries by independent Irish filmmakers. Screenings will take place at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Center. To learn more about the Irish Georgian Society’s mission and efforts to conserve Ireland’s architectural heritage, check out their website. Continue reading ‘Preservation/Heritage Events of Note – March 12 and 13’

$1 Million in Grants To Seattle-Puget Sound Historic Places

Today the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express announced that the Seattle-Puget Sound area has been chosen for the community-based Partners in Preservation program, which provides restoration grants for local historic places. American Express is committing $1 million in preservation grants to the Seattle-Puget Sound area and is encouraging local residents and people across the country to participate by voting for their favorite historic place from a diverse slate of 25 sites.

The Partners in Preservation program launches in Seattle on April 14 with the unveiling of the 25 historic sites competing for funding dollars. Voting begins that day at the Partners in Preservation website.

Seattle is the fifth region to host the Partners in Preservation program and receive funding from American Express. The program previously made grants for preservation projects in the San Francisco Bay area, Chicagoland, New Orleans and Greater Boston.

Once the 25 places are revealed on April 14, the public will be invited to vote online for its favorite historic places at the Partners in Preservation website through May 12. The winner of the popular vote is guaranteed funding. Additional grants will be awarded on June 15 to a number of the other sites after review by American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and an advisory committee composed of Seattle-Puget Sound civic and preservation leaders.  In total, $1 million in preservation grants will be awarded.

Help Save King County Lodging Tax Funding for Preservation, Heritage, and the Arts!

Advocate 4Culture / Source:

The legislative session ends soon and 4Culture needs your help. Many of us have received grants from 4Culture, or have benefited or enjoyed the fine programs and projects it supports. This could all evaporate if the King County Lodging Tax is not renewed for 4Culture. After the last five years of effort to continue use of this funding source for preservation, heritage, and arts, it’s now down to the wire. In 2012, 4Culture’s revenue stream goes away. All grant programs will grind to a halt. This will have widespread detrimental effects on the entire preservation, heritage and arts communities throughout the county. Continue reading ‘Help Save King County Lodging Tax Funding for Preservation, Heritage, and the Arts!’

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