Archive for August, 2013

Seattle Design Festival September 13-22, 2013

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The Seattle Design Festival is the region’s largest public design event that, every September, brings together experts, city leaders, and citizens to celebrate and explore the ways design improves the quality of our lives. The Seattle Design Festival is presented by Design in Public  and AIA Seattle , in collaboration with more than thirty partner organizations. Historic Seattle is a partner organization. Our Fall Arts and Crafts Lecture Series (September 14) is an event that is part of the festival.

What’s Happening at Washington Hall

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Veterans in front of Washington Hall / Source: Screen shot from Vets Restore website

There’s been a lot of activity this summer at Washington Hall, Historic Seattle’s current rehabilitation project. Historic Seattle just completed an intensive two-month, hands-on training program in the restoration trades at the Hall.

In collaboration with 4Culture, King County Veterans Program, and the Wood Technology Center at Seattle Central Community College, twenty-three students worked at the Hall, continuing the rehabilitation efforts of Historic Seattle Council, staff, volunteers, contractors, and our Washington Hall Partners to complete a variety of projects. Four of these students were in the Vets Restore program, which offers training, mentoring, and job placement guidance for newly returning veterans in preservation carpentry.  Vets Restore participants learn how to bring new life to America’s vintage houses, schools, depots, churches, and halls with a mission to save historic places.

Be sure to check out this cool video from 4Culture and Vets Restore. Vets were interviewed on site at Washington Hall and King Street Station.

The work performed at Washington Hall included restoring main entry doors and replicating and installing new code-compliant hardware; repairing damaged sheetrock and plaster; restoring original built-in furnishings and building and installing custom cabinetry and display cases; rebuilding a deteriorated basement staircase; and repairing and restoring original windows on the south side of the building.

The work force consisted of a combination of students enrolled in a new 18-credit course in remodeling and preservation at Seattle Central Community College’s new state-of-the-art Wood Technology Center and students from the Vets Restore program initiated by 4Culture and supported by the King County Veterans Program.

Thanks to the extraordinary effort and support of Rick Sever (Historic Seattle Council), Flo Lentz and Heather Dwyer (4Culture), Candice Corey (King County Veterans Program), Frank Mestemacher (Seattle Central Community College) and Kevin Palo (Ten Mile Restoration), the initiative fulfilled multiple goals: training the next generation of restoration focused trades people; connecting returning Veterans to meaningful, team-oriented work, and continuing to enhance the community-based, social justice-driven mission and goals core to the Washington Hall project.

Big thanks and congratulations to all the students who completed the course! They celebrated their success today in a gathering and BBQ at the Wood Technology Center. Some of the students will continue with a one-month internship at Washington Hall.

Tour Two Modern Homes in Wedgwood – Saturday, August 10, 2013

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Docomomo WEWA and 360°modern invite you to a summer tour of two homes designed by Paul Hayden Kirk in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood. The two houses open for view on 28th Ave NE were built for real estate developer Albert Balch, Jr. who was the first to develop residential tracts in Wedgwood and View Ridge. Kirk designed several other homes on the same street and nearby. This is an opportunity to see more modest designs by Kirk as opposed to the custom designed houses we’ve seen on past tours.

The event is a self-guided tour. The two houses are within easy walking distance on the same block. Exterior photos only.

LOCATION: Go to Docomomo WEWA website for details.

DATE: Saturday, August 10, 2013. Houses open to view 2:00 and 5:00 p.m.

COST: The tour fee is $10 per person. Reservations are not needed. Please pay at the door (cash or check only). Tour income goes towards future programs and events. Enjoy refreshments on the tour.

Update to Primary Election Candidates Survey on Historic Preservation

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We updated Historic Seattle’s web page on the Primary Election Candidates Survey. Find out what candidates for Seattle Mayor and City Council have to say about historic preservation. The primary is August 6, 2013.


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