Archive for November, 2010

University of Oregon 2011 Summer Conservation Field School in Croatia

News from our friends to the south: The University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program is offering a summer conservation field school in 2011 in Croatia. The Croatia Conservation Field School offers a unique look at the vernacular building culture of Croatia’s Central Dalmatian Coast. Students will explore 16th through 18th century villages, while learning the history of the area, documenting and analyzing important structures, and participating in a hands-on building project.

For detailed information and who’s eligible to apply, see the field school’s website. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2011.

Closer to home, U of O’s Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will be in Olympic National Park in the summer of 2011. In 2010, the field school took place at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary! For more info, check out their website.


Preservation in the News

Hotel New Washington in Seattle, Thanksgiving dinner menu, 1953 (check out those prices!) / Source: UW Special Collections

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM MAin2! Ok, so the image above has nothing to do with the content below, but it’s fun and we think you’ll enjoy it.

Here’s some recent preservation news:

Seattle City Council formally adopted the 2011-2012 budget on November 22. In terms of preservation, City Council restored funds to maintain one of the Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator positions in the Department of Neighborhoods. Many property and business owners, developers, neighborhood groups, and preservationists who cared enough about preservation in Seattle contacted City Councilmembers during the budget process to urge Council to restore these funds. Your voices were heard! Continue reading ‘Preservation in the News’

Preserving Heritage Barns

Have you hugged a barn today? Learn more about Washington state’s historic barns at the November 30th, AKCHO monthly membership meeting (Association of King County Historical Organizations). Individuals and organizations can be AKCHO members. Here’s more info about the meeting from AKCHO (members and guests are welcome):

“Preserving Heritage Barns”
Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 30, at 9:30 am
Meeting Location: Stimson-Green Mansion (Washington Trust for Historic Preservation HQ)
Address: 1204 Minor Avenue, Seattle (on First Hill)

If there is one thing we know for sure in the world of historic preservation, it is the following: everybody loves old barns. The evidence abounds – barn images appear on postcards, serve as the inspiration for gallery exhibits, show up on marketing materials for everything from farmer’s markets to scenic byway publications and, in Washington at least, passion for historic barns has generated the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative to raise awareness of these rural icons and assist in barn preservation. Continue reading ‘Preserving Heritage Barns’

Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century

If you dig design then don’t miss “Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century,” a documentary about creating new metal type. The film is playing at the Northwest Film Forum (co-presented by the School of Visual Concepts) in Seattle on November 12 and 13. Here’s a description from the Northwest Film Forum, “This fascinating design documentary captures the personality and work process of the late Canadian graphic artist Jim Rimmer (1931-2010). In 2008, P22 type foundry commissioned Rimmer to create a new type design (Stern) that became the first-ever simultaneous release of a digital font and hand-set metal font. Rimmer was one of only a few who possess the skills needed to create a metal font.”

The director, Richard Kegler, will be in attendance at the Seattle screenings.

If you’re wild about typography and graphic design (all us design geeks are), you’ve probably seen “Helvetica,” a fantastic documentary about the ubiquitous modern type. If you haven’t seen it, check it out on dvd.

Research You Can Use: The Magic of WISAARD

Access National Register of Historic Places Nominations, Washington Heritage Register Nominations, and Historic Property Inventory Forms On-line!

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) has a GIS-based map tool called WISAARD (Washington Information System for Architectural and Archaeological Records Data) on its website that allows the user to search and locate historic sites listed on the state and national registers. There are also historic property inventory forms available for view. You can download pdfs of nominations and inventory forms for places throughout the state; view photos of listed historic sites; and obtain lists of sites by city or county. You can also search by the architect’s name and find out which properties throughout the state were designed by the same architect. This is an amazing research tool available to all.

Though WISAARD has been around for several years, the current version is a vast improvement over the previous version and provides extensive information to the public. So although this is not a new tool, it’s an incredibly useful one that not many people know about. It takes some messing around with the database to figure it out but once you do, it’s easy.  



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