Published July 24, 2013
Preservation of our heritage and built environment is a key quality-of-life issue. It is a primary component of sustainable development and serves as a valuable planning tool that helps build strong, livable communities.
Many voters, especially Historic Seattle members, are seeking to understand the positions of political leaders who will be responsible for protecting our historic places and thoughtfully balancing the preservation of Seattle’s unique character with other public goals.
Since 1999, Historic Seattle has conducted candidates surveys for the primary and general elections in major election years. The 2013 Primary Election is August 6. Historic Seattle is conducting a candidates survey of those running for Mayor and City Council in the City of Seattle. We are posting responses as we receive them and will continue to do so through August 5, 2013.
View our website’s Preservation and Elections page to see what the candidates have to say about historic preservation.
Note: Historic Seattle does not endorse candidates.
Published July 22, 2013
Winters House, Bellevue / Photo courtesy of Eastside Heritage Center
Join Historic Seattle for our Summer Members Meeting/Learning from Historic Sites event on Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 – 11:30 am. The meeting will take place at the Eastside Heritage Center/Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way SE in Bellevue.
The Winters House was built in 1929 for Frederick and Cecilia Winters, who came to Washington in 1906 and established a thriving wholesale florist business in Bellevue. This residence is important for both its Spanish Revival design and its association with the bulb growing and floricultural industry in King County and Washington State. The building survives as one of the few remaining buildings from the area’s past agricultural era.
Following a short Historic Seattle business meeting, the Eastside Heritage Center’s Executive Director Heather Trescases will give a talk on the historic background of the Winters House and its setting. Afterwards, Education Coordinator Jane Morton will take participants on a stroll along the Mercer Slough boardwalk adjoining the property. You can also use this opportunity to visit the Arts & Crafts booths at the Bellevue Arts Fair at Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum.
Please plan to arrive in time for our 10 am start time.
Directions: From I-90, take the Bellevue Way exit and drive north 0.6 miles. Turn right into parking lot at the sign for the Winters House.
Hope to see you there!
Published July 3, 2013
Working with a broadly representative 15-member Citizens Advisory Committee, four stakeholder focus groups, and the King County Landmarks Commission, the King County Historic Preservation Program (HPP) has prepared a review draft of the King County Historic Preservation Program Strategic Plan 2013-2020 for review and comment. The draft Plan provides background and a summary of challenges facing the HPP; a description of the planning process; and proposed goals, objectives and actions for the program for the next seven years. The Plan also outlines how the HPP will track its progress in implementing the plan and contains recommendations for distribution of Historical Preservation and Historical Programs Fund (HPHP) revenues.
Comments on the plan are invited and may be submitted until July 14, 2013. The draft will be revised following the review and comment period and finalized at the end of July. Download a pdf of the plan from the KCHPP website. Submit your comments online through the same website.