Archive for March, 2012

2012 SHPO Awards Announced

The Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) has announced its annual award recipients for “Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation.” For details on the award recipients, go to DAHP’s website. MAin2 particularly digs the Shelton Neon Project which involved the restoration of five neon signs in Shelton. The awards ceremony will take place on May 8, 2012 in Olympia. 

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Seattle World’s Fair Documentary Premieres on KCTS-9, March 24

Screenshot from KCTS website

Don’t miss the premiere of the KCTS documentary, “When Seattle Invented the Future: The 1962 World’s Fair,” Saturday, March 24 at 7 pm. Also check out the Fair pages on the KCTS website for more cool content about the Fair. 

Follow Historic Seattle on Facebook

Historic Seattle recently created a new Facebook page. Please “like” us and follow preservation-related news, events and issues. We have had a Facebook Group since 2009 which has grown to 767 members. We are transitioning from the Group to the new Page and will be discontinuing the Group in the near future. We invite you to post on our Wall too. Thanks!

Modern Tour on Saturday, March 17

Join Docomomo WEWA for a great tour of the Gene Zema-designed Lupton House on Mercer Island on Saturday, March 17, 2012. The house will be open from NOON to 3 pm. For address and tour details go to Docomomo WEWA’s website.

A new book by Grant Hildebrand on Zema has just been published. The Lupton House is featured prominently in the book titled, Gene Zema, Architect, Craftsman.

Preservation/Architecture News – the Good, the Bad and the Really Bad

Paul Thiry Architectural Office Building, 800 Columbia St. on First Hill. Slated for demolition. Photo: Historic Seattle

The Good: At its March 7, 2012 meeting, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB) voted unanimously (11-0) to nominate the P-I Globe.  The designation hearing for the Globe is scheduled for April 18. Earlier in the day, Seattle City Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Sally Clark and Jean Godden held a press conference announcing the transfer of the P-I Globe from the Hearst Corporation to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) once the Globe is designated. MOHAI will be the new steward of the icon. MOHAI Executive Director Leonard Garfield revealed the launching of its “Light Up the Globe” campaign. The Globe Fund will provide resources to make initial repairs to the neon. Check out this KOMO News video on the P-I Globe–includes great historic photos and footage.

The Bad: MAin2 reported in January 2012 that the Jensen-Byrd Warehouse in Spokane is endangered. Our friends at Spokane Preservation Advocates (SPA) are working hard to try to save this important industrial building from demolition. SPA has an online petition drive going and they need your support! Sign the petition and help send a message to WSU that it’s not ok to tear the building down. There are alternatives to demolition. For more info on SPA’s efforts, go to their website.     Continue reading ‘Preservation/Architecture News – the Good, the Bad and the Really Bad’

P-I Globe Landmark Nomination

P-I Globe on its original building on 4th and Wall, 1948 / Photo: MOHAI, PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the nomination of the P-I Globe at its Wednesday, March 7, 2012 meeting. LPB meetings are open to the public. The Board meets at 3:30 pm in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, 40th floor, Rm 4060. Download the agenda on the Seattle Historic Preservation Program website. The landmark nomination is also available for download on the HPP website. Concerned about the future of the Globe after the Seattle P-I ceased publication, Seattle City Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Sally Clark and Jean Godden took the bold initiative to submit a landmark nomination, seeking protection for the iconic historic sign. MAin2 is thrilled to see the nomination process go forward. The designation seems like a slam dunk to us.

Update (3/6/12): Councilmembers Burgess, Clark and Godden are holding a press conference about the P-I Globe on Wednesday, March 7, 11:30 am, City Hall, 2nd Floor. The event is open to the public. 


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