Archive for October, 2010

Celebrate Everett History Week – November 3 & 5

For more info, visit Historic Everett’s website.


Tour Paul Thiry-designed House, Saturday October 30

Join Docomomo WEWA for a tour of the McGrath Residence in Seattle’s North Beach Neighborhood

WHEN: Saturday, October 30, 2010
Come any time between 1 pm and 4 pm. Reservations are not needed.
WHERE: 3272 NW Esplanade (North Beach neighborhood in Seattle)
The house is at the end of the street. On-street parking is very limited—please carpool. Parking is permitted in the gravel area south of property and along NW Esplanade. Please do not block driveways.
COST: $5 at the door (cash or checks only). Enjoy refreshments at the tour.
WHAT: The McGrath Residence was designed by Paul Thiry in 1952 for Vincent and Justine McGrath on a dramatic waterfront site overlooking Puget Sound, north of Golden Gardens Park. Construction was completed in 1954. The two-story, clear cedar-clad residence is nestled into the sloping site with expansive views to the west. The house has remained under the same family ownership since its construction and remains a largely intact example of Northwest Regional Modernism. More info on our website.

The house is currently for sale. View listing.
The MLS # is 128781.
The family wishes to find a preservation-minded new owner who appreciates modern design.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – Docomomo WEWA will be unveiling its new Paul Thiry Paper Doll at this tour! This is the first in a series of architects paper dolls, sure to be collector’s items. You’ll want one! They’re fun; they’re cool. For kids and adults! A $5 donation (in addition to tour fee) will get you a doll! Here’s a look at the cool doll!

Share Your Ideas for a Better Seattle

Seattle City Council is asking citizens to share their ideas for a better Seattle by providing input on balancing the City’s 2011-2012 budget. You may submit your own idea or vote for or against ideas related to a whole host of categories that matter to our communities.

We encourage you to vote for a preservation-related idea to support the Seattle Historic Preservation Program. It’s easy to vote. You don’t need to sign in or register. Deadline for submission of ideas is October 27, 2010.

Researching History and Landmark Nomination Preparation

Here are two upcoming opportunities to learn how to do historic research and prepare landmark nominations.

Digging Deeper: A Workshop on Doing Archival Research
Saturday, October 23rd
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Historical research is a multi-layered journey. If you’re interested in the intricacies of in-depth research and the many locations where you can find a treasure trove of information, join MOHAI staff, expert archivists and local librarians as they share facts, tips and a wealth of experience. This program is offered by MOHAI in recognition of American Archives Month.

Cost: $40 MOHAI members/$50 General

See MOHAI website for details and how to purchase tickets online.

Landmarks Nomination Workshop Presented By Historic Seattle
Saturday, November 6th
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
At the Good Shepherd Center (Room 202) in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.

In this workshop, learn from experts about how to protect the community’s built environment and honor your neighborhood’s heritage through landmark nominations. You will learn how to prepare a landmark nomination and about the landmark designation process, plus receive an overview of Seattle’s diverse historic resources. Presenters include historians, City staff, a former City Landmarks Preservation Board member, neighborhood activists, landmark owners, and Historic Seattle staff and volunteers. Further one-on-one training for preparing a landmark nomination will also be offered to those actively preparing a nomination.

Cost: $15 Historic Seattle members/$20 General/$10 Students with i.d.

See Historic Seattle’s website for details on how to register online.

Advocacy Alert: Support City of Seattle’s Historic Preservation Program

In his proposed 2011 City Budget, Mayor Mike McGinn proposes significant cuts to the Department of Neighborhoods’ Historic Preservation Program. Here’s an opportunity for all you preservation supporters out there to let Seattle City Council know that the program is important.

Proposed Cuts and Impacts

The Mayor’s budget proposes to eliminate one of two Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) Coordinator positions, specifically, the position that is responsible for coordinating the Board’s design review process for approximately 175 Landmarks and reviewing Landmark nominations for properties located in downtown Seattle, South Lake Union, and First Hill neighborhoods. In addition, funding for citywide surveys and inventories are proposed for elimination.

We understand that the City is facing a severe budget shortfall in 2011. However, by eliminating one of the LPB Coordinator positions, there will be significant, adverse effects on the Historic Preservation Program as a whole. The program relies on the volunteer nature of Boards and Commissions as well as neighborhood support. More than ever, it is important for the City to leverage this broad-based support to create stable, sustainable, and economically viable neighborhoods. Maintaining staff levels is critical for the continued betterment of the places that matter to us. Given the ordinance-mandated design review process for the more than 400 individual landmarks and seven historic districts, reducing staff levels will negatively impact property owners, developers, business owners, and the general public. The review of landmark nominations by the LPB will be reduced to a quarterly basis from the current twice-a-month meeting schedule. In addition, the current twice-a-month board/commission meetings for the International Special Review District, Pioneer Square Historical District, and Pike Place Market Historical District will be reduced to one meeting a month. Continue reading ‘Advocacy Alert: Support City of Seattle’s Historic Preservation Program’

Ebey’s Forever Conference and Other Upcoming Conferences


Fall is a busy time of year for preservation and heritage conferences. Here are some to consider attending:

Ebey’s Forever Conference and Community Event, November 5-6, 2010, Coupeville, Whidbey Island. The 3rd Ebey’s Forever Conference offers a slate of behind-the-scenes field trips, workshops, local music, and a taste of Ebey’s – hosted by experts in agriculture, historic preservation and sustainability. See website for details.

63rd Annual Pacific Northwest History Conference, November 3-5, Spokane. “Game Changers and History Makers: Women in Pacific Northwest History.” The conference commemorates the centennial of Washington women permanently winning the right to vote in 1910. Academic, oral, and independent historians, preservationists, archivists, museologists, genealogists, community activists, and others will gather at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane. The conference will reveal new scholarship, current trends, and exciting avenues for new research and presentation. October 6 (today) is the deadline for early bird registration and discount rates for the Davenport Hotel. For details, visit the conference website.

Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Marion Dean Ross Chapter/Pacific Northwest Chapter Annual Conference, October 15-17, 2010, Kelowna, BC. “Small Cities: Balancing Pasts and Futures in the Pacific Northwest” is the theme of this year’s chapter conference in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia. The conference will offer presentations of scholarly papers, guided walking tours by distinguished scholars, and keynote addresses by well-known historians and preservationists. Deadline to register is October 8. For details, go to conference website.

National Preservation Conference, October 27-30, Austin, Texas. The annual conference produced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation is in Austin this year. Usually, more than 2,000 participants attend the annual gathering. Register online through October 25. For conference details, go to the Trust’s conference website. Be sure to check out all the cool features on the website to learn more about the conference and the host city.

What Makes Seattle “Seattle?” – Impressions of a Summer Intern


U-District Infill. This example of new construction on University Way respects the materials and massing of the neighboring Wilsonian Apartments (a Seattle Landmark), while allowing for additional density on a major transit thoroughfare.


By Guest Blogger Brandon Spencer-Hartle

Seattle, like many of its West Coast counterparts, has seen a renewed interest in promoting urban living, expanding green infrastructure, and growing a viable local economy. Coffee shops have taken hold in storefronts once boarded, utilitarian warehouses have been adaptively reused into multi-million dollar condominiums, and new buildings have sprouted on arterials and neighborhood streets citywide. Seattleites have heard the gospel: smart growth and increased density will fight climate change, get us out of our cars, and make Seattle a 24-hour city chock full of local businesses. And in light of rampant corporate greed, the foreclosure of countless thousands of McMansions, and the recent BP oil spill, the vision of dense, walkable, sustainable Seattle is a good one. Continue reading ‘What Makes Seattle “Seattle?” – Impressions of a Summer Intern’

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