Archive for March, 2011

Building Renovation Fair – April 9, 2011

Come to Historic Seattle’s Building Renovation Fair on Saturday, April 9, 2011 (10 am to 4 pm). The fair will be held at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave, Seattle). Check out the vendors’ list on our website.


Advocacy Alert! Support 4Culture at Last Public Hearing Tomorrow

We have big news to report from Advocate4Culture about the efforts to support SHB 1997 which 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.

According to Advocate4Culture’s Blog, here’s the latest:

“Advocates, we need you as much as ever. Our LAST PUBLIC HEARING (woo hoo!) is scheduled and we need everyone and anyone to show up, sign in and be present. This is the most important action you can take to help save arts and heritage funding. If this is a basketball game, we’re in the last 5 minutes, and the hometown crowd needs to jump to it’s feet. This is our last chance to show up en mass and show our legislators who’s lives/economies/communities/jobs they’re dealing with.

Senate Ways & Means hearing on SHB 1997

THIS Wednesday, 03/30/11, 1:30 pm (second on the agenda)

J.A. Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Rm 4 – Olympia

Driving? Click Here for Directions & Parking

Plan to arrive in Olympia around 1:15 to sign in.

Need a ride? Email us at

We’ll be leaving the Pioneer Square neighborhood (in Seattle) around 11:30 a.m. and hope to be back no later than 6:30 p.m. BE THERE!

If you cannot attend, please write or call the members of the Ways and Means committee hearing the bill and urge them to support SHB 1997. They will likely vote on it in the next few days. The clock is ticking! Save arts and heritage in King County TODAY!”




Registration Now Open for Revitalize WA Conference in Walla Walla, 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 is now available 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.

Former Sand Point Naval Air Station Designated as a Historic District

Sand Point Naval Air Station Historic District Boundaries / Map from Landmark District Nomination, City of Seattle

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted (7-1) to designate the former Naval Air Station Seattle (at Sand Point) as a landmark district. This is the first historic district to be designated in Seattle in over 20 years. The district nomination was submitted by Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District. The formal designation marked the culmination of years of effort on the part of the “Friends” to seek protection and preservation of the cultural resources and landscape features of the historic site. The significance of the site was obvious to the Board members who also visited the site earlier this month. There was discussion at the Board meeting about whether to include five historic features located on the east end of the site. These former magazine storage structures are closely related to the use of the site but they are not physically contiguous with the western portion of the district which contains the great majority of the resources. Some board members had questions about whether it makes sense to have a discontiguous district separated by a lot of open space. They were split in their discussion but ultimately when it came time to voting for the designation, the Board members included the eastern resources and thus, the City’s first discontiguous landmark district was formed. The one dissenting vote supported the district designation but not with the eastern resources.

The new landmark district met the following designation standards of the Landmarks Ordinance:

A) It is the location of, or is associated in a significant way with, a historic event with a significant effect upon the community, City, state, or nation;
C) It is associated in a significant way with a significant aspect of the cultural, political, or economic heritage of the community, City, state or nation;
D) It embodies the distinctive visible characteristics of an architectural style, or period, or a method of construction;
F) Because of its prominence of spatial location, contrasts of siting, age, or scale, it is an easily identifiable visual feature of its neighborhood or the city and contributes to the distinctive quality or identity of such neighborhood or the City.

Let’s hope this landmark district designation sparks other community and City efforts to nominate and designate more districts in Seattle! So, what’s next?

Victorian Heritage Days in Port Townsend, March 18-20, 2011

Take a trip up to the beautiful historic town of Port Townsend this weekend to celebrate Victorian Heritage Days presented by the Victorian Society in America, Northwest Chapter. Events that are of interest to preservationists include tours of Port Townsend, an old homes workshop presented by the Port Townsend School of Woodworking (learn how to understand old homes and how to weatherize them), and an old homes tour sponsored by Port Town Realtors.

Naval Air Station Seattle at Sand Point up for Landmark Designation March 16

We reported back in February that the former Naval Air Station Seattle (now commonly known as Magnuson Park) became the first historic district to be nominated in Seattle in over 20 years. Well, it’s up for landmark designation this Wednesday, March 16.

Friends of Naval Air Station Seattle Historic District have worked hard for many years to get to this point. Last year, the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (with national level of significance). This is the last step. They need your support now to get it designated. There’s no question the district should be designated–the Landmarks Preservation Board unanimously supported nomination last month despite objections from the University of Washington which owns several buildings in the heart of the district. The UW has done a fine job renovating some key buildings in the district and we’d like to see their support for designation. Board members toured the site last week.

Show your support for designation by attending the hearing or emailing your support to the Board. The Landmarks Preservation Board meeting begins at 3:30 pm on March 16 but this item is not scheduled until about 4:30 pm. The Board meets in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060. Download agenda here. To view the nomination report, go to the City’s “current nomination” page.  Email comments to Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator Beth Chave by tomorrow (Tuesday), at

Art Deco to Modernism: Inter-war Architecture in the Pacific Northwest


Vintage postcard / UW Special Collections

Historic Seattle presents the lecture series, Art Deco to Modernism: Inter-war Architecture in the Pacific Northwest.

When: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 10 am to 3 pm

Where: Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (Wallingford neighborhood)

Tickets: $60 members; $75 general public; $30 students

Purchase tickets online on Historic Seattle’s website or call Historic Seattle at (206) 622-6952.

The period between the two world wars was one of economic and social turmoil, but also one of great creativity in art, architecture and the decorative arts. With outstanding scholars and authors, Historic Seattle takes a look at some of the leading figures in the development of regional architecture and interiors in the period between 1918 and 1940. Their remarkable talents have left a legacy of late 1920s buildings with designs inspired by French and British Art Deco but also influenced by the water, flora, fauna, and industry of the Pacific Northwest. By the 1930s, these architects were being drawn by streamlined “modern” and international modernism.

Historic Seattle’s website describes each of the four lectures in detail. Tickets include four lectures and a box lunch.

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