Archive for May, 2010

Pacific Science Center Up for Landmark Nomination

Vintage 1962 postcard. Collection of Eugenia Woo.

The Pacific Science Center (originally built as the U.S. Science Pavilion for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition) will be considered for nomination by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board at its meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. The nomination report was submitted by the Pacific Science Center voluntarily. The complex of buildings, the iconic arches, and the urban landscape have been considered informal landmarks since construction. It’s great to see modern buildings and landscapes nominated and formally recognized. Other than the Space Needle, the Pacific Science Center is the most recognizable modern resource in Seattle.

You may download the nomination report prepared by David Peterson of Nicholson Kovalchick Architects on the Department of Neighborhoods’ website. The Landmarks Preservation Board meeting is open to the public. It meets on Wednesday, June 2 at 3:30 pm, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, 16th floor, Room 1650.


2010 Diversity Scholarship Program – National Preservation Conference

THERE IS LESS THAN A WEEK LEFT TO APPLY FOR THE 2010 Diversity Scholarship Program!

This year’s National Preservation Conference will take place in Austin, Texas October 27-30. The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers scholarships to attend the conference. Please spread the word about the good work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the value of the Diversity Scholarship Program!  Don’t forget about Scholars-Get-A-Scholar – existing scholars and alumni who refer a new scholar accepted into DSP will receive one free field session or a ticket to the final reception.

For program and application information, please visit contact  Applications must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, June 1.

Ken Tadashi Oshima: International Architecture in Interwar Japan, Lecture+Book Signing+Reception

Ken Tadashi Oshima, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, presents on his new book, International Architecture in Interwar Japan: Constructing Kokusai Kenchiku, published by the University of Washington Press. The lecture, book signing, and reception are free and open to the public.
LOCATION: Architecture Hall 147, University of Washington
WHEN: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 6:30 PM

After Hours, the Joint is Jumpin!

Screenshot of the Northwest African American Museum's website

Don’t miss this great exhibit at the Northwest African American Museum. “After Hours, the Joint is Jumpin!” is a fantastic exhibit documenting the exciting jazz scene that flourished in the Northwest between 1930 and 1960. Composed of contemporary portraits of jazz-era legends, vintage photographs and historic artifacts, After Hours captures the pulsating atmosphere and entertaining characters of the era. Focusing on the vibrant jazz scenes in three Northwest cities-Portland, Seattle & Spokane- the exhibition will look at the ways in which the clubs, performers, and music shaped the rhythms of each city. The exhibit runs through December 25, 2010.

People Voted for the Boat! Schooner Adventuress Wins Popular Vote and $125,000 Grant!

Screenshot of Partners in Preservation website

From a press release issued by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation through Nyhus Communications.


Sound Experience and the Schooner Adventuress to Receive $125,000 Grant from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Recognizing Unprecedented Photo Finish, Town Hall Seattle Also Awarded $125,000

SEATTLE – May 13, 2010American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation today announced the Partners in Preservation popular vote winner, the Schooner Adventuress. As the popular vote winner, Sound Experience and the Schooner Adventuress will receive their full grant request of $125,000. In an impressive challenge never seen in the history of the Partners in Preservation program, Town Hall Seattle also staged a comeback resulting in several swings of the tally on the final day of voting. In recognition of the extreme closeness of the competition and the extraordinary efforts of both organizations to rally support, Town Hall Seattle will also receive its full grant request of $125,000.

During the program, American Express and the National Trust encouraged the Seattle-Puget Sound community to vote online daily for four weeks for their favorite historic place. Twenty five historic sites competed for a part of $1 million in funding for important preservation projects. Beyond the two grants announced today, $750,000 in additional grants will be awarded on June 15 to a number of the other participating sites after review by an Advisory Committee comprised of Seattle-Puget Sound area civic and preservation leaders, American Express, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Continue reading ‘People Voted for the Boat! Schooner Adventuress Wins Popular Vote and $125,000 Grant!’

Last Day to Vote for Washington Hall! May 12

Washington Hall Main Entrance with Partners in Preservation Banner / Photo: Eugenia Woo

Ok, this is the LAST time we’re going to bug you about voting for Washington Hall. Thanks to those of you who have been voting for the Hall! We ask you to vote one more time for our beloved landmark building. Your vote does count! Help us win grant up to $125,000 in grant funds to restore the building.

Check out this amusing Preservation Nation blog post about Open House weekend May 1-2, written by Anthony Veerkamp of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Western Office. Oh, and we love this piece in Central District News about Washington Hall memories.

Washington Hall News: Request for Proposals and House Party Photos

Photo: Patrick Lennox Wright

The Washington Hall House Party was a smashing success! Hundreds of people came on May 1 and 2 to celebrate. Quite a few signed up to vote for Washington Hall at the laptop stations. It was great to see the hall filled with people and music, just as it should be. There was a fun photo booth where people stood in front of a Warholized historic photo of the building and had their pics taken. You can view them online here.

In other news, Historic Seattle and 4Culture just released a request for proposals from individuals, groups, or businesses who would like to rent and use Washington Hall for the short- and long-term. Learn more on the Washington Hall website.

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