Archive for December, 2013

Happy Holidays from Historic Seattle

Washington Hall entrance / Photo by Lulu Carpenter

Washington Hall entrance / Photo by Lulu Carpenter

Wishing you all the best during this holiday season. Historic Seattle looks forward to 2014 when we celebrate our 40th year.


2014 Washington Preserves Fund Grant Awards

Ritz Theatre, Ritzville, WA - 2014 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant recipient / Photo: Ritzville Downtown Development Association

Ritz Theatre, Ritzville, WA – 2014 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant recipient / Photo: Ritzville Downtown Development Association


December 16, 2013

Cathy Wickwire – 206-624-9449

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Announces
2014 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Awards

Grants Assist Local Preservation Projects Throughout State

Seattle – Each year, through the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation provides grant funding to organizations across the state diligently working to preserve local historic resources. And though grant awards are modest, each year recipients report back to us, noting the important role funding plays in leveraging additional contributions, providing support, and ultimately achieving project goals. Since the program’s inception, the intent has been to assist preservation projects where they really happen – at the local level. Recipients of the 2014 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant awards were publicly announced on December 12 at the Washington Trust Holiday Party. 2014 grants were awarded to the following organizations:

• Bush House LLC, Index – $2,000 for the restoration of the original entry doors of the Bush House Inn. Grant funds will support extensive rehabilitation work already completed to the Bush House Inn, including a new foundation, exterior rehabilitation, and structural stabilization. Included in the Washington Trust’s Most Endangered Historic Properties List in 2009, the, Bush House Inn is scheduled to re-open in 2014.

• Ritzville Downtown Development Association, Ritzville – $2,000 to restore and reconstruct the neon along the main marquee and awning of the Ritz Theatre. Grant funds will assist the community-led rehabilitation of the art deco theater in downtown Ritzville, and promises to be a catalyst for economic revitalization in the heart of Ritzville’s National Register-listed Historic District.

• Spanaway Historical Society, Spanaway – $2,000 to re-roof the milk shed & blacksmith shed, located at the Prairie House Museum. Featuring the farmhouse, barn, log cabin, and a collection of outbuildings, the museum provides educational activities and interpretation of pioneer life in Pierce County.

• Three Rivers Carousel Foundation, Kennewick – $1,000 toward the relocation and restoration of a historic carousel in Kennewick. Originally delivered in 1910 to the Silver Beach Amusement Park in Michigan, grant funds will support restoration of the original brass ring dispenser, to be reinstalled once the newly dubbed Carousel of Dreams is fully restored and operational.

• University Place Historical Society, University Place – $2,000 to paint the exterior of the Curran House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant post-war, modernist residential design. By systematically implementing needed capital improvements to the Curran House, members of the University Place Historical Society have rescued it from Most Endangered status: the structure had been featured in the 2009 List.

Since 1998, the Fund has awarded over 100 projects totaling nearly $100,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. Funding for the grant program is obtained from private donations to the Trust with the goal of providing a minimum of $10,000 in grant funding per year. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a statewide, tax exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 to safeguard Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. For information on contributing to the Valerie Sivinski Fund visit or call 206-624-9449.

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Historic Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead For Sale

Alki Homestead, West Seattle (2009 Most Endangered Properties List) / Photo: Eugenia Woo

Fir Lodge / Alki Homestead, West Seattle / Photo: Eugenia Woo

January 16, 2014 will be the five-year anniversary of a fire that partially damaged the Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead building in West Seattle. Built in 1904, this designated Seattle landmark building has been vacant and closed since, deteriorating with each passing month.

The Fir Lodge / Alki Homestead is for sale again at a listing price of $1.85 M. Download the marketing flyer listing the property for more information. The current owner is seeking a preservation-friendly buyer.

Crosscut’s Urban Hoedown – December 4, 2013


Seattle Times, 1906 touring car for sightseeing. This is way before The Duck!

From our friends at Crosscut:

What do you get when you blend Crosscut writer Knute Berger’s beguiling beard with a full band of talented young musical ragamuffins?

Crosscut’s First Annual Urbanist Hoedown. 

Come for a conversation with Knute about the fascinating history of Northwest urbanism, explored in his recently completed series, “Roots of Tomorrow, Urbanism in our Blood.” Stay for the drinks, bad urbanism puns and the musical stylings of Tamara Power-Drutis’s modernized northwest Americana album. (Did we mention her full band includes 3 singers and a ukelele?)

Come learn about Seattle’s turn-of-the-century roving bike gangs, the arts commune that spawned modern Bellevue and the Italian godfather who invented P-Patches.

Bring your friends, your dogs, your urban knowhow and your love of bicycles. (Full disclosure: The dogs will actually have to stay outside.)

WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: Impact Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave South, Seattle, WA  98104

Sponsored by 4Culture and Fremont Brewing. Event details here.

Historic House Available at Auction – Bids Accepted Dec 4 – 7, 2013

2016 14th Ave W in 1937 (top) and 2013 (bottom). Sources: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch (historic photo); King County Assessor (contemporary photo)

The Gilman House, 2016 14th Ave W, in 1937 (top) and 2013 (bottom). Sources: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch (historic photo); King County Assessor (contemporary photo)


The historic Gilman House (built ca. 1891), a designated Seattle Landmark located at 2016 14th Ave W in Interbay/west slope of Queen Anne, is being auctioned off this week through Bidding starts December 4 and ends December 7, 2013, with a starting bid at $225,000. It is part of the 14th Avenue West Houses Group that was designated a landmark in 1978. Historic Seattle holds a preservation easement on the houses, including the Gilman House. The property was recently foreclosed and Chase Bank is putting it up for auction.

The houses are described in and in this Queen Anne News article.

Historic Seattle seeks your help to spread the word about the auction in the hopes that a preservation-friendly buyer puts in a successful bid on the Gilman House. 

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