Archive for July, 2012

Restore the “R” – Historic Rainier Beer Sign

Historic Rainier Beer R Sign to be Restored. Visit to help restore the R. (PRNewsFoto/Rainier Beer)

This is one of the coolest restoration and preservation campaigns we’ve seen. Help Pabst Brewing Company and the Museum of History and Industry restore the iconic Rainier Beer “R” sign by participating in fun and creative ways to light up the “R.” Details are in this news release below and at

Rainier Beer Challenges Northwest Fans to Restore Iconic “R”

Museum of History & Industry to Celebrate Historic Regional Brand 

SEATTLE—JULY 24, 2012—Today Rainier Beer, part of the Pabst Brewing Company beer portfolio, launched to offer fans the opportunity to help the brewery restore its iconic “R” sign to its original Northwest glory.

Rainier Beer is not trying to raise money to restore the “R,” instead, the legendary local beer is asking fans to take an active part in the restoration process by visiting, and then completing a physical challenge on the website.  For each challenge completed, one of the 250 light bulbs on the Rainier R sign will be lit up. Once all of the challenges are complete and all 250 light bulbs are lit, a select group of fans who participated in the challenges will be invited to attend a special lighting ceremony at the newly restored Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) to see the sign and celebrate the brand.

“Rainier Beer has been around longer than Washington has been a state, making it a legendary part of Northwest history,” said Evan Metropoulos, co-owner of Pabst Brewing Company. “Rainier is best symbolized by its iconic “R” sign, which was created almost 60 years ago. We’re very excited to see this important symbol come back to life.”

The 250 challenges will be released on the website and as Rainier supporters complete the challenges, more challenges will become available. Some of these challenges include creating an origami R and finding a Grazing Rainier in the wild.

“Restoring the Rainer R sign is very important to us at Pabst Brewing Company, and we know it’s important to the Northwest community,” said Daren Metropoulos, co-owner of Pabst Brewing Company. “We have so many loyal fans that will be thrilled to see this iconic sign come back to life. Together, we will re-create history by relighting the Rainier R.”

In addition to the challenges, the Grazing Rainiers, mythical creatures best described as giant beer bottles with legs, will be roaming Seattle and Portland parks, events and neighborhoods to generate awareness for the restoration of the iconic R.  When spotting the Grazing Rainiers in the wild, loyal Rainier fans are encouraged to get their picture taken with these creatures and post it to Rainier Beer’s Facebook page. Continue reading ‘Restore the “R” – Historic Rainier Beer Sign’


The Importance of Community Preservation and History: Observations by a Spring Intern


Melrose Building at southeast corner of Pine and Melrose.

By Guest Blogger Dylan Glenn

This spring I had the pleasure of interning with Historic Seattle as I work toward a bachelor’s degree in history at Seattle University. It was a great way for me to observe how historians work in the field as I learned about research methods and resources, local history, and how historians and preservationists can work together to protect and improve historic communities. I really admire the kind of community preservation work that organizations like Historic Seattle do, and being able to work alongside them on the Melrose Building (home to Bauhaus Books + Coffee in the Pike/Pine neighborhood on Melrose and Pine) showed me firsthand what a vital resource preservationists can be for communities; far from obstructing legitimate and beneficial commercial progress in favor of preserving outdated, irrelevant structures, Historic Seattle was able to assist a movement that began and was supported at a grassroots level. I think the publicity and the success of the Melrose Building project opened a lot of minds to the validity and importance of organizations like Historic Seattle, and the project itself certainly kept me busy during the second half of my internship!

Working on the Melrose Building project, I learned a lot about the building’s architect, John Creutzer. Creutzer was also the architect on the Times Square Building and the Medical Dental Building downtown, and many of his large apartment buildings (most of them constructed during the early-to-mid-1920s) remain prominent elements of the built environment in the neighborhoods where they reside. Seattle has a very unique built environment, and its many distinct neighborhoods have a welcoming vitality that is missing in a lot of big cities; places like Capitol Hill and Columbia City have a sense of personality and community that is usually swallowed up in the anonymity of urban sprawl. As I learned more about Creutzer and his prolific output, I realized what an impact his work has had on many of Seattle’s neighborhoods. From local institutions like Bauhaus Books + Coffee to the distinctive-looking apartment buildings such as the Granada, spread across Capitol Hill, Creutzer’s work has made a valuable contribution to the way we live, work, and connect in this city. Our success in preserving his work means more than saving a building of historic value or pleasing aesthetics, it means hanging on to part of a way of life that makes Seattle unique.

Now that my internship has ended, I have a new appreciation for preservationists’ work. I also see a possibility to make a difference in my community as an historian, moving past the image people tend to have of us as stuffy academics who live mostly in classrooms. Preservation organizations like Historic Seattle not only record and preserve history, they help shape it by empowering communities with the tools and resources that they need to preserve their values and way of life in the face of damaging change and development. By focusing on the human impact of development and property maintenance, preservationists can make a community a better place for businesses and residents alike. This element of preservation is what makes the profession so unique and so appealing from the perspective of an historian, and I am very happy to have been a part of this process as an intern. Regardless of what career path I choose after I graduate, the values I saw in action at Historic Seattle will remain important to me, and I hope, in whatever position I end up serving, to make the same kind of impact that I was able to be a part of over these last few months. 

Dylan Glenn (of Louisville, Kentucky) interned with Historic Seattle during the 2012 Spring Quarter through the Seattle University Public Histories Program. He is an undergraduate in the University Honors Program, and is working toward a B.A. in History. After graduation he is looking forward to graduate school and a career focused on archiving and research.

Job Opening: Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator, City of Seattle

From the City of Seattle job opportunities website: 

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) works to bring government closer to community members across Seattle by engaging them in civic participation, helping them become empowered to make positive contributions to their communities, and by involving more of Seattle’s under-represented residents, including communities of color and immigrants, in civic discourse, processes and opportunities. The department motto is “Strengthening Seattle by actively engaging all communities.”

The Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 450 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts throughout Seattle. By involving residents in maintaining high standards for rehabilitation and new construction, the program allows them to recognize and keep the quality, character, and uniqueness of their neighborhoods.

DON is seeking a Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator, who will report to the Historic Preservation Officer, to support the Landmarks Preservation Board throughout the nomination or Certificate of Approval process for sites primarily in neighborhoods outside the downtown area.

For details on the position, wage, benefits and how to apply, go to the City of Seattle job posting for this position. Deadline to apply is July 17, 2012, 4 pm Pacific Time. 

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