Archive for September, 2011

October is Puget Sound Archives Month

Puget Sound area archivists are offering free educational workshops and informational fairs throughout the month of October. Learn about this region’s fantastic research resources and meet some of the fine people who work as archivists. Without them, we would not have such a wealth of collections that inform us about our history and heritage.

The Archival Advocate blog has details of the lectures, workshops and fairs.

14th Annual Bungalow Fair, Sept 24-25

Historic Seattle presents its 14th Annual Bungalow Fair at Town Hall. For details, go to the Bungalow Fair pages on Historic Seattle’s website. See you at the fair!

Conversations RE: Tacoma 2011 Lecture Series

For details about each lecture and to purchase tickets, go to the Conversations RE: Tacoma website

Lecture #1, September 15
Policy, Politics & Paralysis: How to turn ideas into action

Lecture #2, October 20
One Block at a Time: Creating the Great Good Place

Lecture #3, November 17
Uncovering Tacoma’s Authenticity: What’s the draw?

Adaptive Reuse Potential of Harborview Hall

1937. Harborview Hall / Photo: Washington State Archives Puget Sound Region Branch

On September 8, 2011, the King County Executive Services Department released an RFQ/C (Request for Qualifications/Concepts) related to the adaptive re-use of Harborview Hall, a National Register-eligible Art Deco style building (built in 1931) on the Harborview Medical Center campus. Those interested can find details in the King County website’s Procurement page.  Solicitation details can be downloaded on that site. A pre-submittal conference to discuss questions related to this RFQ/C will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 16, 2011, in the Lydia/Catherine Conference Room on the 2nd Floor of the King County Administration Bldg, 500 Fourth Avenue, Seattle. Submittals are due October 6, 2011 (no later than 2 pm).

Harborview Hall is receiving a 90-day stay of execution from the wrecking ball through this RFQ/C process. Harborview Medical Center (HMC) plans to demolish the building and replace it with a plaza. At the eleventh hour, King County officials were alerted to the demolition plans. Recognizing the building’s significance, they are seeking time to study the feasibility of rehabilitating the building and bringing it back to viable use. To tear down this gem of a building which has great reuse potential and replace it with a plaza is a waste of resources especially in this day and age when sustainability is often a goal for development projects. Continue reading ‘Adaptive Reuse Potential of Harborview Hall’


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