Archive for December, 2011

2012 Washington Preserves Grant Awards Announced

2012 grant recipient, Smith Hollow Schoolhouse in Dayton, WA / photo: Blue Mountain Heritage Society

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

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Announces

2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Awards

Grants Assist Local Preservation Projects Throughout State

Seattle – Each year, through the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation provides grant funding to organizations across the state engaged in preserving local historic resources.  From schoolhouses to courthouses, agricultural to industrial, funding through the program assists preservation projects where they really happen – at the local level.  Recipients of the 2012 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant awards were announced on Thursday, December 15th at the Washington Trust Holiday Party.  The Washington Trust was pleased to announce awards to the following organizations:

  • Blue Mountain Heritage Society – $1,000 to assist with window and door rehabilitation on the Smith Hollow Schoolhouse in Dayton.  This is a single element of a comprehensive project to fully rehabilitate the former one room school.
  • Clallam County – $500 toward restoration of the parapet on the Old Fire Hall in Port Angeles.  Together with the Clallam County Courthouse and the Carnegie Library (currently a museum run by the Clallam County Historical Society), the Fire Hall comprises the National Register-listed Port Angeles Civic Historic District.
  • Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Whatcom County Chapter #5 – $1,000 to assist with replacing wood shakes on the roof of the George Pickett House in Bellingham, a resource listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Friends of Skamokawa Foundation – $1,000 to rehabilitate the bell on the 1894 Redmen Hall, formerly the Central Skamokawa School.  Part of the Skamokawa National Register Historic District, this building has been a community preservation effort since the Friends purchased it in 1985.
  • Hartline Betterment Association – $1,000 to develop as-built drawings for the Hartline School in Grant County.  With school consolidation forcing the closure of Hartline School, members of the community, working with local public officials, are well on their way to finding a new use and, therefore, a new life for the National Register-listed school building.
  • Historic Fort Steilacoom Association – $500 to paint the officer’s quarters present at the fort.  Dating to the 1850s, the four structures represent several of the earliest buildings remaining in the state and are part of the Fort Steilacoom Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Northern Kittitas County Historical Society – $1,000 to assist with exterior masonry rehabilitation to the Telephone Museum in Cle Elum.  The museum contains a rare manually operated switchboard system and interprets changes in telephone technology as well as life in this small mountain town.
  • The Sammamish Heritage Society – $500 to help with costs to relocate the Reard-Freed House, the first resource to be listed on the City of Sammamish Register of Historic Places, a program recently established in partnership with the King County’s Preservation Program. The group is very near to reaching its goal of raising $70,000.  The City of Sammamish has committed to matching this amount, enabling the farmhouse to be successfully moved to a local park.
  • San Juan County Parks Department $1,500 toward the rehabilitation of the Brann Cabin, listed in the Washington Heritage Register. Grant funds will go toward door restoration, one of the final stages of a comprehensive project undertaken by San Juan County to restore an early settler’s cabin.
  • Spokane Valley Heritage Museum – $1,000 to help restore the historic scroll sign situated above the entry of the Opportunity Township Hall in Spokane Valley.  Designed in the Spanish Colonial Mission style, the National Register-listed structure is unique for the region.  Restoration of the sign is planned as part of the building’s centennial celebration in 2012.
  • The University Place Historical Society – $1,000 to help restore the deck on the National Register-listed Curran House.  Once threatened with demolition, the Curran House now sits as a wonderful example of mid-century residential architecture. Continue reading ‘2012 Washington Preserves Grant Awards Announced’

2011 Spokane Matters List is Announced

Jensen-Byrd Building on the 2011 Spokane Matters List / Photo: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

From a news release issued by Spokane Preservation Advocates:

SPOKANE PRESERVATION ADVOCATES ANNOUNCES

2011 SPOKANE MATTERS LIST

Spokane Preservation Advocates (SPA), dedicated to preserving Spokane’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes and character, is pleased to announce its first annual Spokane Matters List highlighting historical buildings, structures, sites, or objects that members of our community think play important roles in the heritage of Spokane and Spokane County. Through this initiative we aim to share the stories of historic places that matter to those in our community, motivate community members to think and talk about the places that matter, and share stories of our area’s heritage and preservation efforts.

A pdf version of the Spokane Matters List is available on the Advocacy page of the SPA website and is accessible via link from the SPA Facebook page.

Downtown Landmark Eitel Building For Sale

Eitel Building, a Seattle Landmark, 1501 Second Avenue / Photo: Eugenia Woo

Located on the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street (1501 Second Avenue) in downtown Seattle, the Eitel Building is a City Landmark built in 1904 with a 1906 one-story addition. The Classical Revival style office building was built for contractor and developer Fred Eitel and designed by architect William Doty van Siclen.

Historic Seattle has been advocating for the preservation of the building and in 2006, sponsored a landmark nomination prepared by Larry Johnson of The Johnson Partnership. Even though it was designated a landmark, the Eitel Building’s status remains threatened and we continue to monitor the property. Read more about the preservation advocacy issue on our website.

The Eitel Building is now for sale which is a good thing. The building, with its ideal downtown location near Pike Place Market and the downtown retail core, presents a wonderful opportunity for rehabilitation. Know anyone interested in a historic rehab project?

2012 Most Endangered Historic Properties – Call for Nominations

Curran House, University Place, WA. Source: University Place Historical Society

Washington Trust Announces a Call for Nominations to the 2012 Most Endangered Historic Properties List

Seattle, Washington:  The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations to its 2012 Most Endangered Historic Properties List.  Nomination forms may be obtained through the Trust’s website.

Statewide, threats to historic resources include demolition, neglect, incompatible development and insensitive alterations.  These challenges, along with many others, impact properties across Washington that significantly contribute to the heritage and vitality of our state while enhancing the quality of life in small towns, large cities and across rural areas.  Inclusion in the Most Endangered List is an important initial step in advocacy campaigns intended to bring attention to significant historic resources.

Historic properties selected for the Most Endangered list receive support and technical assistance from the Washington Trust. While the focus is to remove the immediate threat a historic property is faced with, raising awareness of preservation issues in general remains a programmatic goal.  Through proactive partnering with local organizations and concerned citizens, the Washington Trust’s Most Endangered List program has resulted in many high profile success stories across Washington since its establishment in 1992.  Continue reading ‘2012 Most Endangered Historic Properties – Call for Nominations’


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