Archive for August, 2011

2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program

The old U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station in Naselle, WA is now home to the Knappton Cove Heritage Center. The restoration project was a recipient of a Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves grant. Preservation students from Clatsop College in Astoria, OR performed the work. Photo: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

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

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted.  The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 3rd, 2011.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to nearly 80 projects totaling over $67,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage.  While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects also include preservation planning, producing publications/materials to assist with advocacy efforts, and development of interpretive elements that promote the preservation of a specific resource.  “Now in its fifteenth year, the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund has been a hallmark program of our organization,” stated Jennifer Meisner, Executive Director of the Washington Trust.  “With the generous support of our donors, we continue to increase our capacity to provide funding to a variety of wonderful preservation projects across the state.” Continue reading ‘2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program’

Get Involved With Planning the 2012 National Preservation Conference in Spokane

A Look at Five Historic Neighborhoods in Seattle

View from Mount Baker ridge, looking northwest toward Smith Tower. The Olympic Mountains are in the background. Photo: Larry Kreisman

Seattle is known for its neighborhoods. Check out this article by Larry Kreisman in Old House Journal about some of his favorite streetcar neighborhoods and the historic architecture in these communities. It’s a good read for locals and visitors alike.

Heritage, Architecture/Design and Preservation Events of Note Coming Up

Historic farmhouse at the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn / Photo: 1937, Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch

Here are some cool events happening in August and September:

Saturday, August 13, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Annual AKCHO Picnic at the Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Details can be found on the AKCHO website. Also check out the White River Valley Museum’s website to learn more about the farm’s history and the great preservation efforts.

Saturday, August 20, 10:00 am: The Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Park (FOSP) is sponsoring a special tour of the National Register-listed Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley. This is a rare opportunity to get a close-up look at the grounds and buildings. Learn about its history, landscape and architecture. Details on the FOSP’s website.

Saturday, September 10: Save the date for a Docomomo WEWA tour of a fabulous Ralph Anderson-designed house in Seattle’s View Ridge neighborhood. Details to come.

Sunday, September 11, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Tour the amazing Parker-Fersen House, a Seattle Landmark in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The tour is produced by Historic Seattle. Registration is required. Purchase tickets online or call 206.622.6952.

September 16-25: Seattle Design Festival. Attend the many great programs and events over a period of 10 days. Includes films, tours, events, exhibits, speakers and family activities. Details can be found on the Seattle Design Festival website.

Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25: 14th Annual Bungalow Fair and Arts & Crafts Lectures at Town Hall, produced by Historic Seattle. For details and ticket purchase information, go to Historic Seattle’s website.

The Seattle Architecture Foundation offers a variety of tours throughout the year. Learn more about our neighborhoods and heritage through one of their wonderful tours.

Recent Preservation News

Screenshot of new DAHP website homepage

Here’s some recent news about preservation:

  • The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) has a newly re-designed website. Check out the cool new design and great features. It’s chock full of information about our state’s diverse resources and preservation information. The DAHP blog also has a new look that matches its website.
  • The Seattle International Film Festival will take over the vacant Uptown Theater in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. The 1920s theater closed in November 2010. This is the best use for the property because it’ll remain a movie theater. Seattleites love their independent films so this is great news! The theater will re-open in October 2011.
  • Here’s an interesting Seattle Magazine article about urban architectural ruins in Seattle.
  • MAin2 is neutral on the subject of the deep-bore tunnel proposed for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project. We are also neutral on Referendum 1 which is technically not about the tunnel but has been turned into being about the tunnel. Here’s an opinion piece by Cheryl dos Remedios in Citytank which addresses historic preservation and cultural resource issues affected by the project. Update: If anyone knows of an article or opinion piece that discusses the benefits of the project related to historic preservation, let us know and we’ll post it. This Crosscut article by David Brewster from last week explores our civic history and offers a more comprehensive look at how and why this viaduct/tunnel issue has become so hotly debated and why it divides the city.
  • The Alki Homestead saga continues. On July 29, 2011, plans for the property were presented to the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. This is the third project briefing this year. A log condition survey and window survey were presented to the ARC. Here are blow-by-blow reports from the West Seattle Blog and West Seattle Herald. Representatives from Historic Seattle, Southwest Seattle Historical Society and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation attended the meeting. The organizations continue to monitor the project’s progress.

619 Western Building Artists Take Art Walk Outside

1917. Pre-viaduct view of west and south facades of the Western Building, looking northeast / Photo: MOHAI

The artists who have their studios in the 619 Western Avenue building are doing First Thursday Art Walk today (August 4) outside in the parking lot adjacent to the building instead of inside. On July 20, 2011 the artists were notified by  property owner that they  have to vacate the building by October 1, 2011–six months earlier than anticipated. As of August 1, no public assembly use is allowed in the building, which means no more Art Walk in the Western Building. A Hazard Correction Order was issued by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development to the owners of the building  on June 22, 2011, directing the owner to make repairs to the structure which was damaged in the 2011 Nisqually Earthquake. The building was yellow-tagged after the quake but the owners never made the necessary repairs. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be shoring up the building temporarily during the construction of the tunnel for the proposed Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project–plans have been in the works to relocate the artists by March 2012. However, with the Hazard Correction Order, the displacement of the artists will happen sooner. Continue reading ‘619 Western Building Artists Take Art Walk Outside’

Not Mad About Preservation

"MadArt" Houses on Bellevue Ave E, north of E Roy St, Capitol Hill / Photo: Eugenia Woo

MAin2 recently visited the MadArt exhibit in North Capitol Hill where five early twentieth-century houses are being used as blank canvasses for temporary art installations. The exhibit runs through August 7, 2011 (700 block of Bellevue Avenue E, north of E Roy Street). According to MadArt’s website, the goal is to “provide unexpected enjoyment and a distinctive educational experience for the neighborhood and visitors, while providing local artists a valuable and rare opportunity to create artwork.”

The exhibit has received lots of local attention and the focus has been on the art. The five houses have been referred to as “crumbling” or “decaying” by the media. They are slated for demolition to make way for new private residential development by Seattle developer Point32. The residences are next to the BelRoy Apartments—a Lionel Pries designed building that was designated a Seattle Landmark in 2010 (Point32 submitted the landmark nomination.) As part of the larger project proposal, the BelRoy Apartments will be rehabilitated. Some materials from the five houses may be salvaged before demolition and some efforts have been made to try to relocate the houses. Relocating five houses presents a challenge in terms of finding receiving sites and willing new owners; dealing with the logistics of clearing utility lines, street trees and Metro bus trolley lines; and navigating hilly topography. Given these challenges, the houses will most likely not be moved but destroyed (minus whatever materials can be salvaged), adding viable, old housing stock to the landfill and depriving this block on Capitol Hill of its only remaining single family residences. The historic context of what was there will be gone forever given the hodgepodge of multi-family development that exists now.   Continue reading ‘Not Mad About Preservation’


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