Archive for April, 2010

Washington Hall House Party, May 1-2

House Party graphic courtesy of 4Culture

Historic Seattle and 4Culture invite you to celebrate at the Washington Hall House Party beginning Saturday, May 1st (7 – 11 pm), with an evening of food, drinks, and a line-up of vintage jazz, contemporary performance and hip-hop backed by a live band. Family-friendly activities continue Sunday, May 2nd (1 – 4 pm).  Washington Hall is one of 25 historic sites vying for grant funds through the Seattle-Puget Sound Partners in Preservation initiative. Although all the sites are worthy and fantastic, we hope you’ve been voting for Washington Hall! Remember, you can vote once a day, every day through May 12th. In conjunction with this initiative, all 25 sites will hold open houses May 1-2. Washington Hall′s House Party will serve as our open house. The event is open to the public and free! Join us!

Check out the new Washington Hall website!

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25 Historic Sites in the Seattle-Puget Sound Area Host Special Open House Weekend, May 1-2

Sites competing for a portion of $1 million in historic preservation grants

WHEN:  Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, 2010

WHERE:  Please see www.PartnersinPreservation.com for further information about individual locations and events.

WHAT: Twenty-five historic places in the Seattle-Puget Sound area will offer free admission and host an open house for the public. The sites are competing in an online contest for part of $1 million in preservation grants from Partners in Preservation, a community-based program sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Activities at the different sites include food, children’s games, tours of an old-fashioned schooner, musical performances, art demonstrations and workshops, astronomy lectures, Croatian dancing, and a kite design and flying festival.

WHO: Representatives from all 25 historic places, the general public and local media.

WHY: These open houses offer an opportunity for the public to learn more about these historic sites and the region’s heritage.  These sites are competing for the public’s vote at www.PartnersinPreservation.com until May 12. The site with the most votes is guaranteed to receive a grant. Partners in Preservation is a program of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation designed to help preserve historic places in the Seattle-Puget Sound area, engage the community in preservation, promote sustainability, drive tourism and stimulate economic development. The program also seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities. Continue reading ’25 Historic Sites in the Seattle-Puget Sound Area Host Special Open House Weekend, May 1-2′

Bloss House: Classic Seattle Bungalow Nominated by Landmarks Preservation Board

Bloss House, 4055 SW Holgate St, West Seattle / Photo: Eugenia Woo

On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted unanimously to nominate the Bloss House. The Bloss House is a Craftsman style bungalow in West Seattle. Built in 1915, the house was designed by architect Elmer E. Green, who produced a bungalow plan book in 1912. His designs can be found throughout Seattle. The house in West Seattle embodies the Craftsman style, represents the more modest Craftsman homes found in Seattle neighborhoods, and possesses a high degree of physical integrity on both the exterior and interior. There were questions and discussion by the Board about whether the house represents an outstanding example of the architect’s work and whether the house embodies the Craftsman style. Discussion also centered on the significance of the interior which remains mostly unaltered. The Board members will tour the house in the next few weeks. The designation hearing is scheduled for June 2, 2010. Continue reading ‘Bloss House: Classic Seattle Bungalow Nominated by Landmarks Preservation Board’

Vote Now! Help Restore Washington Hall

Help Historic Seattle raise funds to restore Washington Hall and create a permanent home for community arts and culture organizations.  It’s easy—just vote!

The American Express Partners in Preservation initiative is granting $1,000,000 to deserving historic sites in the Seattle-Puget Sound area. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have selected twenty-five sites, including Washington Hall, to take part in the initiative and the winner will be determined by your vote.

With your help, we can raise the money to restore Washington Hall!

  1. Vote for Washington Hall! You can vote once a day through May 12th, 2010.
  2. Spread the word!  Tweet, post on Facebook, forward this email, and shout it from the rooftops!

Historic Seattle thanks you for your support!

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Visit the new Washington Hall website.

About Washington Hall

Located in the Seattle’s Squire Park neighborhood in the Central District since 1908, Washington Hall has been a place for the community to gather, celebrate and learn for over 100 years.  With a rich history of hosting pivotal musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, and trailblazing activists such as W.E.B. du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Martin Luther King Jr, to serving as a gathering place for the Danish Brotherhood in America and Sons of Haiti, community dances and gatherings, Washington Hall is poised to serve as an important community landmark for years to come.

Partners In Preservation To Unveil 25 Historic Sites on April 15

Historic places in the Seattle-Puget Sound area to compete for $1 million in restoration grants

WHEN: Thursday, April 15 | 10 a.m.
WHERE: Daniels Recital Hall (formerly the First United Methodist Church of Seattle), 811 Fifth Avenue (at Columbia St), Seattle
WHAT: Partners in Preservation, a program sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, will unveil 25 historic places in Seattle and the Puget Sound region that will be eligible for $1 million in preservation grants.
WHO: County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, First Gentleman Mike Gregoire, and representatives from all 25 historic sites, the National Trust and American Express are confirmed to attend.
WHY: These sites are asking for the public’s vote at www.partnersinpreservation.com until May 12. Winners of the voting contest will be guaranteed funding for critical preservation projects. Partners in Preservation is a program of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation designed to help preserve historic places in the Seattle area, engage the community in preservation, drive tourism and stimulate economic development. The program also seeks to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities. Continue reading ‘Partners In Preservation To Unveil 25 Historic Sites on April 15’

Historic Seattle’s 2nd Annual Preservation Awards

Women's University Club, Exemplary Stewardship Award / Photo: Women's University Club

Historic Seattle celebrates Preservation Month in May by hosting a very special event to acknowledge and celebrate the continuing use and good stewardship of our local cultural and architectural landmarks.

Historic Seattle Second Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony

Where: Women’s University Club, 1105 Sixth Avenue at Spring Street

When: Tuesday, May 11, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm; program at 6:30 pm

Cost: $50 Historic Seattle members; $60 General Public; $25 students; includes appetizers, desserts, and wine/beer

Attend the ceremony and reception! Register on Historic Seattle’s website.

2010 Award Winners (stay tuned in the weeks ahead when we highlight each of these awardees)

Best Rehabilitation

Furuya and Corgiat Buildings, Pioneer Square

Joshua Green Building, Downtown

Exemplary Stewardship

Women’s University Club, Downtown

Preserving Neighborhood Character

William Tell Building, Belltown

Excellence in Preservation Planning

Downtown Historic Resources Survey and Inventory, City of Seattle Historic Preservation Program

Illuminating History

Paramount Theatre Sign, Downtown

5th Avenue Theatre Marquee & Sign, Downtown

Days are Numbered for Modern House in Normandy Park

Brauner House / Photo: Eugenia Woo

Despite great efforts to save the modernist Brauner House in Normandy Park, it looks like it’ll be demolished soon. Designed by Seattle architect Paul Thiry, the “Father of Northwest Modernism,” this unique house was originally built for Mr. and Mrs. Kalman Brauner in 1962. Prominently featured on the cover of Sunset Magazine in its April 1967 issue, the house was described in this manner, “Raised up on concrete legs, the house has a sculptured form that almost suggests a gull poised for flight.” Hard to believe that a residence deemed worthy for the cover of a national magazine in the 1960s would be considered disposable architecture in 2010.   Continue reading ‘Days are Numbered for Modern House in Normandy Park’


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