Archive for April, 2014

Support The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Kickstarter Campaign for Rich Haag Oral History Project

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The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) seeks support for its Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete its online video oral history of Seattle-based landscape architect Rich Haag. As TCLF describes, “In practice for more than 50 years, Haag is one of the nation’s most important Postwar landscape architects and the first from the Pacific Northwest to be chronicled in the Pioneers series. He is acclaimed for his innovative environmental and ecological design solutions at the sublime Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington, Seattle’s Gas Works Park, a former industrial site, and numerous other locations.”

Contribute today! Go to the TCLF’s page on Kickstarter for details about the project and how to contribute.


Film Screening at UW – “Structural Engineers of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair”

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The documentary, “Structural Engineers of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair,” will be screened on Thursday, April 24, at UW. Presented by the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington, this is a great opportunity to learn about the seminal work of the engineers who helped create and design iconic fair structures such as the Space Needle, U.S. Science Pavilion (Pacific Science Center) and Washington Coliseum (KeyArena).

The event is jointly sponsored by the University of Washington Department of Architecture and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

WHEN: Thursday, April 24, 2014. Reception at 5:30 pm; film screening at 6:00 pm. UW calendar listing
WHERE: UW Campus, Architecture Hall 147 (Auditorium)

2014 AKCHO Awards – April 22

From AKCHO (Association of King County Historical Organizations):

Supporters of local history and members of heritage organizations around King County will gather at the Museum of History & Industry on Tuesday, April 22, to celebrate their peers at the AKCHO Annual Awards program. Festivities begin at MOHAI at 5:30 PM.

This year for the first time, AKCHO has announced its slate of award recipients in advance, and newly-elected King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove will be on hand to emcee the event.

Among the 2014 honorees will be Phil and Vivian Williams, the guitar and fiddle-playing duo who were instrumental in founding the Northwest Folklife Festival, and who last year were inducted into the North American Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame. On April 22, they will receive the Charles Payton Award for Cultural Advocacy. As a special treat that evening, the Williams, who have been researching and performing historical music traditions for over 50 years, will perform some of the tunes that were played at the 1862 Maple/Van Asselt wedding on the banks of the Duwamish River.

The AKCHO Board will be bestowing two Board Awards this year.  The Board Legacy Award will be given to Historic Seattle, for its four decades of hard work and significant achievement. Recognized nationally as a uniquely successful local historic preservation organization, Historic Seattle works on education, preservation and advocacy issues. The organization’s involvement with Washington Hall, The Good Shepherd Center, Egan House, the Cadillac Hotel (aka Klondike Gold Rush Museum) and Queen Anne High School point to the exceptional impact Historic Seattle has had on the preservation of Seattle’s historic built environment. The AKCHO Board felt this award was a good way to help celebrate Historic Seattle’s 40th anniversary.

The other Board Award will be presented to the Washington State Jewish Historical Society for its production of In the Land of Rain and Salmon – Jewish  Voices in the Northwest.  The play was based on the WSJHS’s book, Family of Strangers, as well as on oral histories from the Jewish Archives and other source materials. With the help of 4Culture, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Living Voices, the WSJHS oral history committee, and the authors of Family of Strangers, the production not only premiered to a sold-out audience last June, but has been performed a dozen times throughout King County and the Greater Puget Sound region. Continue reading ‘2014 AKCHO Awards – April 22’

Register for the RevitalizeWA 2014 Conference in Wenatchee

2014 RevitalizeWA

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Washington Main Street Program invite you to join them for RevitalizeWA, their annual statewide Preservation and Main Street Conference, May 6-8, 2014 in Wenatchee.

The conference will feature a variety of sessions & tours relating to the revitalization of our historic communities on May 7 and 8. Additional pre-conference workshops will be offered on May 6.

Chuck Wolfe, author of Urbanism Without Effort, will be the 2014 RevitalizeWA keynote speaker. Chuck provides a unique perspective about cities as both a long time writer and photographer about urbanism worldwide and as an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law and permitting. In particular, his work involves the use of sustainable development techniques and innovative land use regulatory tools on behalf of both the private and public sectors.

Register online directly through the Eventbrite RevitalizeWA registration page. Also newly available is the preliminary conference agenda. For more details about RevitalizeWA, please visit the conference webpage.

SAF Design in Depth Lecture April 8 – Pike & Pine Then + Now


The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s Design in Depth lecture series continues Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 6:30 pm at the Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway) on Capitol Hill. Purchase tickets online through Brownpaper Tickets.

Capitol Hill prides itself on proximity to downtown while boasting a mix of uses almost absent from the neighboring business district. New mixed-use projects compete with the architectural soul of the neighborhood, rooted in structures of the old “auto row” and historic housing stock. Can this welcome density and diversity be integrated into the neighborhood without losing its architectural character?

Guest Speakers:
Michael Oaksmith, Director of Development at Hunters Capital
Chuck Wolfe, Land Use Attorney, Writer, Blogger, Professor
Jeff Reibman, Principal, Weber Thompson
Michael Sullivan, Principal, Artifacts, Inc
Eugenia Woo, Director of Preservation Services at Historic Seattle

Gold Sponsor: Krekow Jennings

Parking: There is $5 Flat Rate parking at 1609 Harvard Ave west of the Broadway Performance Hall.



4Culture Landmarks Capital Grant Applications Due May 14th

Grant applications are now available for funding to help repair, restore or rehabilitate your historic property. 4Culture’s annual Landmarks Capital program is open to private property owners, public agencies and nonprofit organizations that own a designated local landmark in King County, WA. If you are seeking funding to hire professionals and/or purchase materials for your rehabilitation project, then go to and review the 2014 guidelines on what is required to apply.

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis. Typical grants range from $3,000 to $30,000 per project. Free workshops offering one-on-one assistance with applications and project ideas are being offered now. For a full list of times and locations, click on the “Help” tab on the guidelines page (see above link) and select “Scheduled Workshops.”

Women with Chutzpah!

Corinne-Simpson-400x379By Guest Blogger      Luci Baker Johnson

On Friday, March 21, 2014, about 40 women, and a couple of men, gathered at the Harvard Exit Theatre (The Woman’s Century Clubhouse, 807 E. Roy on Capitol Hill) to learn about turn-of-the-century Seattle women who bought, sold, built and owned apartment-house real estate. Diana James, a member of both the Woman’s Century Club and Historic Seattle, shared her vast knowledge in a talk titled “Women in Seattle Apartment-House Real Estate, 1900-1939.”

The idea of women in early Seattle real estate occurred to her when she began researching her 2012 book “Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings, 1900-1939.” She was struck by the number of times she came across a woman’s name in the real estate sections of The Seattle Times and the Post-Intelligencer, as well as Pacific Builder & Engineer, a weekly construction publication. These were not familiar names that are found today in local history books, on street signs, or in tabloids, however. These women were pioneer entrepreneurs who engaged in all aspects of the booming real estate market, both residential and commercial.

Diana narrowed her presentation to just five women, all of whom had been mentioned in her book on apartments. She carefully researched their life histories–the dashbetween birth and death–then eloquently shared these discoveries, not just about their role in apartment life, but in their individual personas. What they had in common was that all five women had migrated to Seattle:  not one was born in the Pacific Northwest.

Josephine North and Corinne Simpson-Wilson were both born in 1867, and by the turn of the twentieth century both were active in Pacific Northwest real estate. In 1925, Mrs. Josephine North, as her customers and peers knew her, commissioned an architect/builder to construct an apartment building at 1617 Yale Ave. This was the North Apartments, which was renamed the El Capitan Apartments in 1932. The Wilsonian Apartment Hotel, on the northeast corner of NE 47th St. and University Way NE in the University District, was designed in 1923 for Corinne Simpson-Wilson. Ellen Monro, born in 1871; Anna Clebanck, born 1878; and Jane Brydsen Saran, born in 1881, were the other three women profiled.

Diana was diligent in her research and passionately shared anecdotal tidbits about their social lives, the clubs to which they belonged, and the marriages and divorces they endured. She articulately summarized encounters they had with a male-dominated business society. Much of their careers were in doing business in a man’s world. It wasn’t until August 18, 1920 that the 19th Amendment was ratified and these women were given the right to vote. We can only speculate how they helped to build a Seattle that today has many women in positions of authority.

The Woman’s Century Club, founded in 1891 in Seattle by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, currently presents monthly programs on women’s history in the parlor of the Harvard Exit Theatre.

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