Archive for October, 2013

Preserving Your Old House Event in South Park – Saturday, November 2, 2013

Illustration by Penni Cocking, South Park resident and artist

Illustration by Penni Cocking, South Park resident and artist

Date:  Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle
Cost:  Free for Historic Seattle members and general public
Registration not required

The South Park community in Seattle is a small neighborhood with a big voice. Nearly 4,000 people live, work, study, play, farm, and raise families in this river-hugging community wedged at the heart of the Duwamish Valley industrial corridor. Students, parents, business owners, artists, machinists, environmentalists, and civic leaders all call South Park home. Tree lined streets are filled with well maintained housing and houses that are in need of work.

Historic Seattle, Friends of Georgetown History, and the Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition offer a Saturday morning program exploring ways to revitalize older housing with an eye to preserving integrity while upgrading systems and making exterior and interior improvements for longevity and energy efficiency. Rick Sever, a Historic Seattle Council member and a contractor with a commitment to restoration and renovation of older buildings, will present examples of good and not so good approaches to remodels and respond to questions. Friends of Georgetown History and Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition will give a brief overview of the history and development of South Park. Refreshments provided.


2013 General Election Candidates Survey on Historic Preservation


Since 1999, Historic Seattle has conducted candidates surveys for the primary and general elections in major election years. The 2013 General Election is November 5. 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 November 1, 2013.

Here’s what we asked the candidates:

As Seattle’s neighborhoods grow and change, what do you see as the role of historic preservation in sustainable development? What environmental, economic and social benefits does preservation present in a city that strives to be the greenest city?

View our website’s Preservation and Elections page to see what the candidates for the General Election have to say about historic preservation. You may also be interested in reading responses for the Primary Election (August 6).

Note: Historic Seattle does not endorse candidates.

Preservation News & Events – October 2013

Meeker Mansion, Puyallup / Photos: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Ezra Meeker Historical Society

Meeker Mansion, Puyallup; Washington Preserves Fund recipient, 2013 / Photos: Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Ezra Meeker Historical Society

Fall is a busy time of year for historic preservation. Here are some news and events of note:

Battelle Memorial Institute Site Nominated: This 18-acre modernist masterpiece in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood was built in the late 1960s-1970. The property was unanimously nominated by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board at its September 18 meeting. MAin2 wrote about the Rich Haag and NBBJ-designed campus here. The designation hearing is scheduled for November 6, 2013. The Seattle Times wrote an article about the property and landmark efforts by the Friends of Battelle/Talaris.

Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund: The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking applications for this grant fund which provides up to $2,000 to organizations involved in preservation throughout the state. Deadline to apply is October 16, 2013. For more information, go to the Trust’s website.

Women’s University Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary: Explore the organization’s first century through its new, 112-page, coffee-table book, The First 100 Years: Women’s University Club of Seattle, 1914-2014. Available to the general public for under $40 at several area bookstores. Call the club for details: 206-623-0402. For other information about the club, see

Tour a Mid-century Modern Gem: Join Docomomo WEWA as it celebrates Tour Day 2013 along with other Docomomo US chapters and partners throughout the country. Tour the Whittaker Residence, Saturday, October 5, 2013. The mid-century modern residence in Seattle’s Lakewood neighborhood (near Seward Park) was designed by Seattle architect Arnold Gangnes and built in 1956. For event details, go to Docomomo WEWA’s website. Continue reading ‘Preservation News & Events – October 2013’

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