Archive for February, 2011

Save the Date for WA Main Street and Preservation Conference, May 11-13, 2011

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and State Main Street Program invite you to join them in their Statewide Preservation and Main Street Conference to be held at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center on May 11-13, 2011.

The two-day conference will feature a variety of sessions relating to the revitalization of our historic downtowns on May 12 and 13.  An additional half-day of “Main Street 101” sessions will be held on May 11, and tours will be offered the afternoon of May 13. Online registration available beginning March 18 at

The Trust also invites you to purchase a ticket for a special winemaker’s dinner to be held in conjunction with the conference as a benefit for the Washington Trust!

The Marcus Whitman Hotel will offer a reduced rate for conference attendees who reserve rooms before April 27: singles for $77 and doubles for $84. Be sure to refer to the Washington Trust when you call.

Tel: 1.866.826.9422;

Questions? Contact the Washington Trust at or 206-624-9449.


Advocacy Alert! 4Culture and King County Need Your Help Now

All you arts and heritage advocates will be happy to hear that House Bill (HB) 1997 was dropped in the State House of Representatives on February 18, 2011. HB 1997 proposes to secure a solid future for 4Culture’s arts, heritage, and preservation funding programs as a part of King County’s larger economic development strategy. For more info on this bill, go to Blog4Culture. For details on how you can help, go to Advocate4Culture. It outlines what actions you can take to help make a difference. Contact your legislators by February 22nd or attend the hearing to show support for HB 1997 in Olympia on February 22 at 1:30 pm.


Call for Nominations to the Washington Trust’s 2011 Most Endangered Historic Properties List

From a press release issued by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation:

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations to its 2011 Most Endangered Historic Properties List.  Nomination forms may be obtained through the Trust’s website.

With on-going threats to historic properties statewide such as demolition, neglect, incompatible development and insensitive alteration as well as many others situations that impact historic resources across Washington, the need to raise public awareness of the potential loss of these properties is critical.  Historic resources of all types contribute to the heritage and vitality of our state, enhancing the quality of life in small towns, large cities and across rural areas.  Inclusion in the Most Endangered List can be an important initial step in advocacy campaigns designed to bring attention to significant historic resources.

Properties selected for inclusion in the list will receive advocacy and technical assistance from the Trust in supporting efforts to remove any threats facing the historic resource while also working to raise awareness of preservation in general.  Through proactive partnering with local organizations and concerned citizens, the Trust’s Most Endangered List program has resulted in many high profile success stories across Washington since its establishment in 1992.

Continue reading ‘Call for Nominations to the Washington Trust’s 2011 Most Endangered Historic Properties List’

New Book and Photography Exhibit on the Seattle Camera Club

UW Press

The new book, Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club, authored by David F. Martin and Nicolette Bromberg has been published by the University of Washington Press as the companion to an exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery (February 12 – May 8, 2011). Attend a free panel discussion and reception at the Henry on Friday, February 11 at 7 pm – 8:30 pm.

This beautifully illustrated book and the exhibit of rarely seen work documents the lives and artistic accomplishments of the Seattle Camera Club photographers. It provides a rare glimpse into the regional Pictorialist movement. Pictorialism emerged in the early twentieth century; artists engaged in this style were interested in the effects of transient light and Japanese composition.

Seattle Landmarks News

Aerial view of the former Sand Point Naval Air Station / Source: NAS Seattle Landmark District Nomination

First Historic District Nominated in Seattle in Over 20 Years

On February 2, 2011, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board unanimously nominated the former Naval Air Station Seattle (commonly known as Magnuson Park in Sand Point) as a landmark district. This is huge news because this is the first district to be nominated in Seattle since 1988 when Fort Lawton was designated. Friends of NAS Seattle Historic District (led by Lynn Ferguson) submitted the nomination to the City Historic Preservation Program. Most of the content of the nomination was borrowed from the National Register of Historic Places district nomination prepared by Artifacts Consulting for the City in 2009. The district was listed in the National Register at the national significance level in July 2010.

The district was nominated based on meeting four standards which are highlighted on the Friends of NAS Seattle Historic District’s website. At the nomination meeting, local preservation groups including Historic Seattle, the Queen Anne Historical Society, and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation spoke in support of the nomination. Other supporters of the nomination included former Navy officers who worked or lived on the base. Their testimony was important because they offered direct ties to the historic significance of the site. Seattle Parks and Recreation (as a property owner) cautiously supported the nomination but would like to see flexibility in design review and controls and incentives in the future. The University of Washington submitted a letter to the City objecting to the nomination and would like to see the buildings it owns removed from the district, citing lack of jurisdiction by the City over State-owned property. This is not a matter to be decided by the Landmarks Preservation Board and is not part of the consideration of whether the district should be nominated or not. The designation hearing for the district is scheduled for March 16, 2011. Download the nomination on the City’s website. Continue reading ‘Seattle Landmarks News’

29 Heritage Projects Need Your Help in Getting Critical Funding

Last July, the Washington State Historical Society Advisory Board recommended 29 grant requests for full funding in the 2011 – 2013 biennium through the Heritage Capital Projects Fund. State law allows up to $10 million of state bond money to be appropriated for capital projects through the Fund each biennium. Funding for these projects has been appropriated without fail since 1997. This year, however the Governor’s proposed budget has eliminated the Heritage Capital Projects Fund.

YOUR support is needed to help restore funding to worthy projects across the state.

The 29 projects (including Historic Seattle’s Washington Hall) that were recommended for funding in the 2011 – 2013 biennium are a sure-fire way to promote economic development at the community level. The $10 million investment will:

  • Catalyze local investment to complete projects valued at many times the state investment. (Each dollar invested by the state is matched 2:1 by the projects)
  • Create project related jobs
  • Generate sales tax revenue for the state

Collectively these 29 organizations provide educational opportunities and community space to several million visitors annually. The projects were selected through a rigorous state-wide competitive peer vetting process.  Find out more about this issue in a recent article in Crosscut, an online news journal.  Historic Seattle is collaborating with the other 28 projects on an advocacy strategy to get this funding back into the state’s budget and will be heading to Olympia regularly to meet with legislators and will keep you updated on our progress. We need your help to ensure our project receives the funding to move forward. Continue reading ’29 Heritage Projects Need Your Help in Getting Critical Funding’

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