Archive for May, 2011

4Culture Landmark Challenge Grant Opportunity

The application period for 4Culture’s 2011 Landmark Challenge Grants is now open. This program offers funding for bricks and mortar preservation and site-specific planning for landmarked properties anywhere within King County.  It’s also open to National Register properties in communities with NO local preservation program or interlocal agreement with King County. These grants require a 1-to-1 cash match, with a $10,000 minimum request. Visit the program’s homepage to review the guidelines and access the online application. Deadline to apply is July 13, 2011.

Success! 4Culture Saved!

Call it 11th hour. Call it a “Hail Mary” pass. With only a couple hours left in the legislative special session last night, SSB 5834 passed in the House. This bill permits counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and housing. This means 4Culture’s funding will continue and we’ll all benefit from their fine work supporting arts, heritage and preservation in King County. Thank you all who contacted legislators. Thank you to the legislators who have voted for the various senate and house bills that support 4Culture. It has been a roller coaster ride but it’s finally over. The bill has been delivered to the Governor for her signature.

Last Day to Support 4Culture

Yesterday, May 24, the State Senate passed SSB 5834 which permits counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and housing. This is a big step! Today, this bill is in the House and we need all of you to email all representatives and ask them to support this bill.

Go to Advocate4Culture’s website for details on the message to send and email addresses. Thank you! Your voices have been heard. Let them hear it again!

5 Historic Properties on Most Endangered List

Old City Hall, Tacoma / Photo: Lauren Perez

With Old City Hall as the backdrop, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced is 2011 Most Endangered Properties List in Tacoma today. The five properties (two of the sites contain dozens of structures) represent a wide range of property types from the iconic architectural marvel, Old City Hall to the vernacular Green Mountain Lookout. The five Most Endangered Historic Properties in 2011 are:

  • Green Mountain Lookout – Glacier Peak National Wilderness Area, Snohomish County
  • McMillan Bridge – State Route 162, Pierce County
  • McNeil Island – Pierce County
  • Northern State Hospital – Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County
  • Old City Hall – Tacoma, Pierce County

For details on the significance of these properties and why they are endangered, go to the WA Trust’s website.

Please Help Save 4Culture Now!

There’s one more day left in the legislative session in Olympia (ends tomorrow, May 25.) 4Culture’s future hangs in the balance. This roller coaster ride is still going. There is legislative interest in supporting 4Culture. We’re asking for one more advocacy push NOW. Contact all members of the Senate and House. Your emails and phone calls have greatly helped up to this point. Please take a couple minutes and contact all legislators today. Go to Advocate4Culture’s website for details. Thank you!

Washington Trust Announces 2011 List of Endangered Historic Resources

From a news released issued by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation:

Seattle, Washington: The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to host a press event on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. to announce its annual list of the state’s Most Endangered Historic Properties.  The press event will be held at Fireman’s Park, located at the intersection of S 7th Street and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma.

Since initiating its Most Endangered Historic Properties List in 1992, the Washington Trust has identified over 100 historically significant resources experiencing a wide range of pressures.  Inclusion in our annual list is intended to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing historic resources across the state and to encourage collaboration with all stakeholders to develop preservation strategies.  In numerous instances, Most Endangered status has worked to facilitate solutions that promote the historic significance of sites while retaining important resources as viable, functional components of our neighborhoods and communities.  Five historic resources are highlighted in the 2011 List.   Continue reading ‘Washington Trust Announces 2011 List of Endangered Historic Resources’

4Culture Needs Your Help

Yesterday in Olympia, SB 5958 failed by one vote in the Senate. As disheartening as this is, it’s not over until it’s over. There’s still SB 5834 which permits counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts and heritage.

Your calls and emails have been heard. Your help is still needed.

Go to Advocate4Culture’s website for details on next steps.


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