Archive for April, 2012

Wanted: Historic Sites and Landmarks

4Culture’s Arts, Heritage, and Preservation programs are accepting applications through May 11, 2012, for historic sites and designated landmarks in King County to be included in the 2013 Historic Site(s)-Specific series. Through this initiative, 4Culture seeks to increase the role of art in strengthening our county residents’ sense of history and place, and inspire our creative community to engage with the stories that define us as individuals and as a culture.

In recent years, Site Specific programs have included historical performances at Masonic lodges, heritage gardens, the Saar Pioneer Cemetery in Kent, and a contemporary arts festival throughout the entire Moore theatre building in downtown Seattle. Based on the initial success of these ventures, 4Culture is happy to extend the opportunity for King County historic sites to be a part of this exciting program. Apply to host a creative collaboration at your facility. Download the application page from 4Culture’s website.


Register Now for RevitalizeWA 2012

Registration is open for RevitalizeWA 2012! Join the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation for its Statewide Preservation and Main Street Conference to be held at Campbell’s, Lake Chelan’s Waterfront Resort in historic downtown Chelan. The conference will feature a variety of sessions and tours relating to the revitalization of our historic communities and resources on May 23 and 24. Pre-conference workshops will take place on May 22. For details, go to the Trust’s website.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair!

Fifty years ago today on April 21, 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair opened! Today and through the next six months, we celebrate this anniversary with The Next Fifty. Visit Seattle Center today and participate in the festivities! Of note is the opening ceremony starting at 10:30 am and the unveiling of the new MOHAI exhibit on the fair. Learn more on the Seattle Center website for Next Fifty events and activities.

New Website/Blog – Welcome to the Future: Century 21 and Living Modern

As a project of The Next Fifty, Docomomo WEWA and Historic Seattle present a three-part lecture series in June 2012 at Seattle Center celebrating the architectural legacy of the Seattle World’s Fair. The two organizations also just launched its project website/blog, Check it out!

(Image credit: Courtesy Seattle Public Library Century 21 Collection)

From Bobo to the Bubbleator: Seattle Social and Cultural Context in ’62
Knute Berger, June 5, 2012

Northwest Architects of the Seattle World’s Fair
Susan Boyle, June 12, 2012

Modern Building Technology
Theodore Prudon, June 19, 2012

For details and tickets, go to

Sponsored by Historic Seattle, Docomomo WEWA, The Next Fifty, 4Culture, National Trust for Historic Preservation and Pacific Science Center.

Historic Seattle Building Renovation Fair – Saturday, April 14

Join Historic Seattle at the second annual Building Renovation Fair, Saturday, April 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, at historic Washington Hall (153 14th Avenue, Seattle). Take this opportunity to meet the region’s experts in old buildings (we expect 25 vendors)–the salvage houses, restoration and renovation architects, contractors, interior designers, and trades people who appreciate working on the components of old houses in glass, wood, metal, tile and ceramics, plumbing, electrical, hardware, painting, plaster, and wood windows. Presentations are offered throughout the day. For full descriptions of the presentations and the renovation fair, go to Historic Seattle’s website.

Timeless Style, Modern Living – 11 am
Carol Sundstrom, AIA, röm architecture studio

Masonry Restoration – 12 pm
Marty Smith, Director of Business Development, VanWell Masonry

Preparing your Historic Home for Earthquakes – 1 pm
Bruce Schoonmaker, A-FFIX LLC

Interior Storm Windows for Old Buildings – 2 pm
Van Calvez, MSE, LEED AP, Windovative Design LLC

Laser Scanning as a tool for Historic Preservation – 3 pm
Brad Freeman, Triad Associates

2012 AKCHO Awards, April 24 – You’re Invited!

Milepost 31 Kicks Off Its Spring Speaker Series

Milepost 31 in Pioneer Square / Photo: WSDOT

From a news release issued by WSDOT: 

Since opening in December 2011, more than 1,500 people have learned about the future State Route 99 tunnel at Milepost 31, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s new project information center in Pioneer Square. In April the agency will introduce a new Milepost 31 monthly speaker series to give visitors more insight into this massive project.

The first talk, to be held during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk, brings leaders of the SR 99 Tunnel Project to the center to discuss its extreme engineering and the changes coming to SODO, the downtown waterfront and neighborhoods near Seattle Center. Guest speakers include Linea Laird, WSDOT administrator for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program, and Chris Dixon, project manager for WSDOT’s tunnel contractor – Seattle Tunnel Partners.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn exciting details about the SR 99 tunnel. And, after our event, be sure to leave yourself enough time to explore the rest of the First Thursday Art Walk.

Milepost 31 spring speaker series kick-off
6 to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5
211 First Ave. S., Seattle
Admission is free.

Milepost 31 remains open until 8 p.m. on First Thursdays.

Save the date for the next installments in our speaker series:

May 3: Tunneling in Seattle – A History of Innovation
Did you know there are more than 100 tunnels beneath Seattle? Join us or a virtual tour exploring tunnels built during the past century and learn how tunneling technology has advanced.

June 7: Meet the Tunnel Boring Machine
What’s as long as a ferry, five stories tall and weighs 5,500 tons? The SR 99 tunnel boring machine! We’ll show you how this custom-designed machine will grind through the ground as it builds the SR 99 tunnel beneath downtown.

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