Archive for May, 2012

In Remembrance of Beth Chave (1955 – 2012)

Seattle’s preservation community lost a dear friend and consummate professional in Beth Chave who passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

As the Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator for the City of Seattle for 25 years, Beth left an indelible mark on the city’s historic built environment. Her work with professional colleagues, landmark and historic district property owners, and neighborhood advocates throughout Seattle has left a legacy of honoring and protecting historic places that matter in our communities. We cannot walk around this city she called home without seeing the impact she had on almost every corner.

Many of us remember Beth through her dedicated work in the public sector but she was also known for her passion for life and engaged in many enriching activities. Her varied interests went well beyond the appreciation of architectural heritage to include dancing, music, boating, hiking, skiing, travel, gardening and her beloved dogs.

All our thoughts and support are with Rob, Beth’s husband of 31 years, and her family. In honor of Beth, Historic Seattle will establish a preservation award in her name that recognizes outstanding achievements in the field through our annual preservation awards.

A celebration of Beth Chave’s life will be held at Pacific Science Center’s Ackerley Family Gallery in Seattle on Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The family suggests that one of the organizations to which remembrances may be made is Historic Seattle.

The Seattle Times “In Memoriam” notice for Beth may be found here.


See the World in Southeast Seattle

From the Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program:

Over the past two years, Southeast Seattle’s rich cultural heritage has been documented through a series of posters, essays and reports prepared by community historians.  The Southeast Seattle Community History Project focuses on the area south of I-90 and east of I-5, including the neighborhoods of Beacon Hill, Mount Baker, Rainier Valley, Seward Park and Rainier Beach.  These neighborhoods are home to several City of Seattle Landmarks, but much of the community’s history has not previously been documented.  The Seattle Historic Preservation Program invites you to explore our city’s history, and learn about the people and places that make it unique.

For more information on the Southeast Seattle Community History Project, go to the Department of Neighborhoods website.

Please join Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and Councilmember Sally Clark:

Celebrate the Southeast Seattle Community History Project & pick up your free copies of SE Seattle Posters

WHEN: Friday June 1st at 5:30pm

WHERE: Royal Esquire Club, 5016 Rainier Avenue South in the Columbia City Landmark District (near Columbia City Light Rail)

Free all-ages public event sponsored by City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program

Washington Trust Announces Most Endangered Properties for 2012

Washington State Parks Historic Structures – Endangered. St Edward Seminary Building, St. Edward State Park, Kenmore, WA / Photo: Historic Seattle

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2012 Most Endangered Properties List on May 22 during the opening reception of its annual RevitalizeWA Conference in Chelan. 

Here’s this year’s list (from a news release):

Headlining this year’s roster is a thematic listing including the Historic Resources of Washington’s State Park System. With over 600 historic buildings and structures, Washington State Parks is the single largest owner of historic buildings in the state. The inventory of historic buildings, structures, and sites under the jurisdiction of State Parks includes territorial forts, coastal military fortifications, lighthouses, artillery installments, CCC picnic shelters, a seminary, and numerous other historic resources listed in local registers of historic places, in the National Register, and as National Historic Landmark Districts.
Recent economic woes have made it increasingly challenging for the agency to sustain the needed level of maintenance at parks statewide, let alone address mounting capital needs. In the current biennium, the capital budget for buildings and structures is less than one-third of funding levels provided just a few years ago in the 2007-09 biennium. Moving forward, the State Parks operating budget will rely entirely on the success of the Discover Pass, a visitor fee-for-use program. To date, revenues from the Discover Pass have fallen short of projections. Without adequate funding for capital projects, mounting deferred maintenance could lead to more serious building deterioration in the near term. Park Rangers, who already do double duty in performing a variety of maintenance tasks on buildings, will be going to seasonal employment, leaving dozens of structures unattended for periods of time. To date, all State Parks remain open, but the ability to care for the incredibly important collection of historic resources under the state stewardship has diminished. Continue reading ‘Washington Trust Announces Most Endangered Properties for 2012’

Historic Firehouse Tour in Tacoma, May 19

Firehouse #8, Tacoma/ Photo: Gerry Sperry

Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2012
Time: 4-6 pm
Location:  Historic Firehouse #8 in the Whitman Neighborhood, 4301 South L Street, Tacoma
Cost:  Free to Historic Tacoma members.  Non-Members $10 at the door.

Tour a historic firehouse that has been adaptively reused as live/work space. On the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, this structure was built in 1909 and served as a fire station until decommissioned in 2003.  In 2005 the unique structure was remodeled to provide warehouse space for With Love Chocolates and living space for the company’s owners on the second floor.  While using the former fire truck parking pads for storage is an easily imagined accommodation, turning the upstairs into a stylish 3-bedroom residence took vision and patience.

Although this property does not have the proportion of residential to commercial use that a traditional live/work would require, the renovation is a great example of how Tacoma’s Special Tax Valuation Program can make a substantial historic remodel financially feasible.

Join Historic Tacoma as for this special tour of an amazing project and learn more about the special tax valuation process.

National Preservation Conference Scholarships Available

National Preservation Conference Scholarships

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding its annual National Preservation Conference in Spokane, October 31-November 3, 2012. With an estimated attendance of more than 2,000 people, the conference attracts nationally recognized experts and practitioners in preservation and revitalization. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Spokane Preservation Advocates have worked to raise funds to provide conference scholarships for residents and students of Washington State. Additional scholarship funds are being raised in Oregon and Idaho.

With a theme of “Beyond Boundaries,” the conference will feature interactive educational sessions, field sessions, affinity sessions for partnership building and networking, and informational on-your-own activities. This year, the conference will focus on sustainability, diversity, public lands, and reimagining historic sites. For more information about the conference, please visit the National Trust’s conference web page.

Residents and Students in Washington, Idaho and Oregon

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation invites residents of Washington State and students at Washington universities and colleges to apply for scholarships that will cover conference registration fees and provide a small travel stipend. Residents and students in Idaho and Oregon are also eligible to apply for a limited number of scholarships. The application deadline is June 21. Any applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis only.

Application and more information

Available on our website the Washington Trust’s website.

Please e-mail your completed application to Anne Holland at Please put your first and last name in the subject line followed by “Scholarship Application.”


Please contact Anne Holland at or 206-624-9449.

Historic Seattle’s 4th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony – May 15

On Tuesday May 15, 2012, Historic Seattle hosts its Fourth Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford to acknowledge recent successes in the preservation and heritage fields locally. Enjoy an evening of food and drink and celebrate the award recipients. Join with old and new friends and colleagues who share a passion for preservation. Former Historic Seattle Executive Director John Chaney will speak on the stewardship challenges and successes of over 35 years of Historic Seattle’s Good Shepherd Center ownership. Jeffrey Ochsner introduces our 2012 Preservation Award recipients. Big thanks to the event’s Lead Sponsor KeyBank, with additional support from 4Culture.

Update (5/14/12): Online registration is now closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

2012 Award Recipients – Congratulations!

Mary Olson Farm, Auburn – The Best Restoration Project Award goes to the White River Valley Museum and the City of Auburn for their exemplary approach to restoring the Mary Olson Farm, King County’s best-preserved historic farmstead.

Christ Our Hope Church – The Best Rehabilitation Project Award goes to Christ Our Hope Church and its supporting partners for their outstanding achievement in historic preservation and the successful adaptive reuse of a historic space for its new downtown Seattle parish.

Pacific Science Center – The Exemplary Stewardship Award goes to Pacific Science Center for the organization’s proactive approach in seeking landmark designation for its property and for the recent fine work in restoring and improving the buildings, courtyard and site.

Seattle’s Volunteer Park Landmark Designation – The Community Advocacy Award goes to the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) for the arduous work involved in preparing a complex and successful landmark nomination application for Volunteer Park. The organization’s documentation of this complicated and highly significant cultural landscape serves to insure the preservation of Volunteer Park and fosters the on-going recognition of our unique citywide Olmsted legacy.

Michael Malone – The Community Investment Award goes to Michael Malone for his long-term commitment investing in, preserving, and enhancing Seattle’s historic architecture and neighborhoods.

Red Mill Totem House – The Preserving Neighborhood Character Award goes to the supporting partners of Red Mill Totem House for preserving a unique Ballard community landmark.

The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy  – The Heritage Education Publication Award goes to The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy, a visually appealing book about the history of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Seattle Center. Commissioned in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Century 21 Exposition by the Seattle Center Foundation, this important book about a seminal event in Seattle’s recent past was developed in partnership with and written by Paula Becker, Alan J. Stein and HistoryLink staff.  

Paul Dorpat – The Living Landmark Award goes to Paul Dorpat for his outstanding contribution to our understanding of Seattle history and his role in shaping a broad public appreciation of our built (and in many unfortunate cases lost) environment. Through his research, publications, website, public lectures and the generous sharing of his vast knowledge about the history of our city with other researchers, Paul Dorpat has made “then” a very important part of “now” for which we are very grateful.

Tour a Cool Modern Residence in Magnolia, Sunday, May 6

Join Docomomo WEWA for a tour of the Robert Dietz-designed McElroy House in Magnolia. Tour is from 1 to 4 pm. For details, go to Docomomo WEWA’s website. The house was featured in Pacific Northwest Magazine in 2011. 

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