Archive for January, 2014

Digging Deeper – Built Heritage Historic Research Series

Seattle Municipal Archives / Photo: Bonnie Jean MacDonald

Seattle Municipal Archives / Photo: Bonnie Jean MacDonald

Historic Seattle is offering a multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind the scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives in Seattle and King County. Each month we visit a selected archive and receive expert advice as to what is available and how staff can assist with research projects. This program helps you to explore buildings, architecture, and history. By the time you are through, you will want to attend one or more of the events during National Archives Month in Seattle in October 2014 and attend Historic Seattle’s Advocacy Workshop on November 8.

The first session takes place Saturday, February 8, 2014 (10:30 am to NOON) at Historic Seattle’s headquarters, the Dearborn House on First Hill (1117 Minor Ave). Presenters are Luci J. Baker Johnson and Eugenia Woo of Historic Seattle. Learn about the printed resources available at Historic Seattle’s research library and how to navigate various online databases that contain golden nuggets of historical treasures. To register online for this session and to learn more about the entire series, go to our website. Cost – Series of eight sessions: $65 general public; $50 Historic Seattle members; $20 students. Individual sessions: $10 general public; $8 Historic Seattle members; $5 students.

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Historic Seattle Annual Meeting, January 23, 2014

Frye Art Museum, site of Historic Seattle Annual Meeting / Photo: Larry Kreisman

Frye Art Museum, site of Historic Seattle Annual Meeting / Photo: Larry Kreisman

Please join Historic Seattle at our Annual Meeting (open to members and the public) as we welcome in our 40th year of education, advocacy, and preservation of historic  structures in the lovely surroundings of First Hill’s leading cultural institution, the Frye Art Museum.

Charles Frye was the son of German immigrants who moved to Seattle in 1888. He established the leading meatpacking business and invested in real estate, gold mines, and oil wells. With their increasing wealth, he and his wife Emma became avid collectors and patrons of the arts. They had a particular interest in 19th century European realism. The Fryes displayed their paintings in a Classical Revival home at 9th Avenue and Columbia Street, built on the site of Coppin’s well and designed by architects Bebb and Mendel. Eventually, they added a skylit art gallery to the home to display their expanding collections. This became the founding collection of the Frye Art Museum, opened on February 8, 1952 in a building designed by Paul Thiry. With a rear addition in 1984 by Callison Partnership and a major addition and interior remodeling by Olson/Sundberg in 1997, the museum has expanded its collecting range and audience base.

Deputy Director Jill Rullkoetter will discuss the museum’s history and its programs, and lead tours.

WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 2014; 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

WHERE: Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, 98104
Parking lot west of museum and on-street metered parking

Cost: Free/donation. Light refreshments

Preservation News and Events in the New Year – January 2014

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2014 is starting off with lots of news in the preservation world already. Here are some highlights (or lowlights in some cases):

-Christmas Eve 2013 Building Fire in Chinatown/International District: The Louisa Building (southwest corner of 7th Ave S and S King St), one of the historic district’s key structures, was ablaze on December 24. The 1909 building houses some of the neighborhood’s longest operating businesses including Mon Hei Bakery and Sea Garden Restaurant. All businesses are closed. The building is unsafe for entry, as determined by the City. The cause of the fire (which started on the vacant top floor) is undetermined at this point. For more info on the fire and its effect on the owner and businesses, go to the Seattle Times and NW Asian Weekly. It is unknown at this point whether the building will be demolished or if it can be saved.

-2013 Heritage Turkeys List: Once again, Knute Berger comes out with his annual Heritage Turkeys list of heritage and preservation disasters and bad projects/policies/actions. Read his Crosscut article for the full list.

-EVENT: The Before Party, Campaign to Restore Washington Hall: Historic Seattle and Washington Hall anchor groups 206Zulu, Hidmo and Voices Rising are hosting a party at the historic landmark on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Join the fun and festivities. Enjoy food, drinks and music! Learn more about the Capital Campaign for the Hall. Free and open to the public! Location: Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle (Central District); Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm, all ages / 9:00 pm – Midnight, 21 and up. More details on the Washington Hall Facebook page.

-EVENT: Historic Seattle Annual Members Meeting, Frye Art Museum: Please join us as we welcome in our 40th year of education, advocacy, and preservation of historic structures in the lovely surroundings of First Hill’s leading cultural institution, the Frye Art Museum. Museum Deputy Director Jill Rullkoetter will discuss the museum’s history and its programs, and lead tours. WHEN: Thursday, January 23, 2014; 5:30 to 7:00 pm; WHERE: Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, Seattle. More details here.

Historic Seattle Celebrates its 40th Year!

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Historic Seattle celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014! We have an exciting year of programs this year. See you at an upcoming event! Be sure to register soon because events do sell out, particularly architectural tours with limited space. Our first event of the year is our Annual Members Meeting (open to the public) on Thursday, January 23 (5:30 – 7:00 pm) at the Frye Art Museum. Download a pdf (2.0 MB) of the 2014 program or go to our website to view events and register online.


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