Archive for April, 2013

Seattle Center Historic Landmark Study

seattle center landmark study

Seattle Center recently released the Seattle Center Historic Landmark Study, prepared by the joint consultant team of Artifacts Consulting, Inc. of Tacoma and HistoryLink.org. This report is important because: a) it provides a comprehensive evaluation of historic resources at Seattle Center within the context of the site’s World’s Fair history and its history since the Fair; and b) serves as a solid planning tool for Seattle Center moving forward. The study clearly states which buildings, structures, features, etc. are significant and and which resources are eligible for Seattle Landmark nomination.

Download a pdf of the Seattle Center Historic Landmark Study. (7.1MB)

The study calls out two clusters of resources based on “small historic concentration areas encompassing a concentration of properties designed by a single architecture firm.” According to the report, “The Paul Thiry (Thiry) concentration area around KeyArena and the Kirk, Wallace, & McKinley (Kirk) concentration area around the Playhouse and the Exhibition Hall present the most uniform groupings of properties.”

Landmark nominations for each cluster is a possibility and may be more beneficial for Seattle Center’s planning purposes. The study also discusses historic district nomination and individual nominations. In MAin2’s opinion, given the Seattle Center’s association with the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and the number of resources that would be considered “contributing” to a historic district, it makes more sense to have a historic district rather than individual landmarks dotted throughout the site. If the existing designated landmarks (Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Horiuchi Mural, Monorail and Kobe Bell) are incorporated into a potential district, then a stronger case can be made. In a designated historic district, changes to the site (including new construction) and not just the buildings would be reviewed by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board (LPB). Individual landmarks are reviewed in isolation.

Seattle Center will be presenting the study and findings to the LPB on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, during a regular Board meeting. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 3:30 pm. It is held in the Seattle Municipal Building, 700 Fifth Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060. The item is far down on the agenda. Download the LPB agenda.

For further reading, Knute Berger wrote about the study in his Crosscut article, “Seattle Center–Is Historic District Designation Ahead?”

Here’s the Seattle Center Historic Landmark Study Press Release.

State Historic Preservaton Plan Update – Your Input is Needed!

WA Historic Preservation Plan

The Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is updating its Statewide Historic Preservation Plan. Stakeholders and interested parties throughout the state are encouraged to participate in this process that guides statewide preservation efforts.

What Can You Do?

  • Take the Stakeholder Survey online. The survey closes May 31, 2013.
  • Attend a community meeting and join the conservation about preservation. Seven meetings are being held throughout the state–details here. An upcoming meeting in Seattle is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 from 6 to 8 pm at Washington Hall (153 14th Ave, Central District), a designated landmark owned and operated by Historic Seattle (co-host of the meeting).
  • Learn more about the statewide plan on DAHP’s website.

4Culture Landmarks Capital Grant Available

August Lovegren House, Preston WA / Photo: Phillip Raymond, 2011

August Lovegren House, Preston WA / Photo: Phillip Raymond, 2011

4Culture announces grant opportunities for preservation capital projects in King County:

Historic buildings, sites, neighborhoods, and landscapes lie at the heart of every community’s identity. The preservation of historic places conserves resources and embodied energy, boosts the economy, and improves our overall quality of life.

4Culture’s Landmarks Capital program supports “bricks and mortar” projects that help preserve designated local landmarks all around King County. We fund design, materials, and labor for rehabilitation projects large and small. Eligible applicants include private owners, businesses, organizations and local governments. Fundable projects will range from $3,000 to $30,000. Deadline to apply is May 8, 2013. 

A portion of Lodging Tax revenues collected in King County provides all of the funding for this program.

Note: the Landmarks Capital program replaces both the Landmarks Rehab program and Landmarks Challenge Grants of previous years. There is no required cash match for the new Landmarks Capital program.

35th Anniversary of King County’s Historic Preservation Program – Awards Ceremony, April 23, 2013

KC awards 2013

Third Annual Building Renovation Fair, Saturday, April 13, 2013

3rd building renovation fair

Join Historic Seattle for its Third Annual Building Renovation Fair!

Meet the region’s experts in old buildings—the salvage houses, restoration and renovation architects, contractors, interior designers, and tradespeople who appreciate working on the components of old houses in glass, wood, metal, tile and ceramics, plumbing, electrical, hardware, painting, plaster, and wood windows.

The fair is a wonderful opportunity to examine and compare services and products, ask questions, and get inspired by what you learn as our exhibitors share their expertise individually and in presentations throughout the day. Presentations this year include: Remodeling Strategies for Mid Century Homes by Julie Campbell AIA, CTA Design Builders; Wood, Stone, and Brick Restoration Basics by Brian Rich, Richaven PLLC; Preparing your Historic Home for Earthquakes by Bruce Schoonmaker, A-FFIX LLC; Remodeling your Vintage Home for your Modern Lifestyle by Diane Foreman, Neil Kelly Company; and Getting Cozy: Energy Efficiency in Historic Homes by the Neil Kelly staff.

The Building Renovation Fair co-sponsored by Neil Kelly.


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