Archive for July, 2014

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Historic Seattle Seeks Full Charge Bookkeeper

Historic Seattle is looking for a new Bookkeeper. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us. The job announcement is listed below and also posted on our website at

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 8, 2014.

It is a full-time position (40 hours per week, non-exempt).  Eligible for medical and dental coverage, long-term disability insurance and retirement contribution in addition to holiday, vacation and sick days

Position Summary:

The Historic Seattle Bookkeeper is responsible for verifying and entering into the financial records the details of the organization’s financial transactions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and standard monthly general journal entries.  In addition, the Bookkeeper is responsible for reconciliation of general ledger accounts to sub-ledger detail, and reconciliation of bank accounts.  The Bookkeeper will close the books monthly and provide monthly management reporting to staff.  In addition, the Bookkeeper will assist the Contract CFO with annual budgeting and annual audit preparation.  This is a full-charge bookkeeper position.  The organization includes three discrete entities, including one limited liability company. Continue reading ‘Historic Seattle Seeks Full Charge Bookkeeper’

Wanted: Historic Sites or Landmarks in King County

If These Walls Could Talk, Staci Bernstein and Jane Kaplan, 2012. Neeley Mansion, Auburn. © Becka Brebner

If These Walls Could Talk, Staci Bernstein and Jane Kaplan, 2012. Neeley Mansion, Auburn. © Becka Brebner

By Guest Blogger Christina DePaolo

Starting with a playwright who thought a local IKEA showroom would be a great place to stage a play, 4Culture has been supporting works of art produced in unexpected places through the Site Specific grant program since 2005. In 2013 the program changed focus, funding projects that interpret and explore the significance of a historic King County site or landmark.

Imagine walking into Neeley Mansion, a 1894 Victorian classic revival farmhouse located in Auburn, and experiencing If These Walls Could Talk, a performance and series of short films that tell the stories of five families that lived in the mansion. What would you learn about the Mansion? How would experiencing the stories of those who lived there make you feel? What would you understand about our region? This is Historic Site Specific.

The current iteration represents a unique effort by Arts, Heritage, and Preservation funding staff, shaping a program that supports artists working collaboratively with historic sites around King County, to engage historic sites and illuminate their story. For the 2014 program, we are currently looking for historic sites to participate in the program by joining the roster. Sites on the roster are featured on our website and can be contacted by artists who are interested in working with them on a project. If the artist’s proposal is funded, sites collaborate further with them through the execution of their project.

The deadline to apply for inclusion in the Roster of historic Sites is September 12, 2014. Artists/Sites will be submitting their final proposals by October 8, 2014. We at 4Culture want to build a robust and diverse roster, and encourage all King County historic sites and landmarks to apply.

Benefits of inclusion include increasing community engagement and visibility as well as access to new audiences. This is an opportunity to be a part of a unique and innovate partnership with 4Culture and King County artists. For criteria and to apply, visit Please contact Charlie Rathbun at 206.296.8675 with questions.

About the author: Guest blogger Christina DePaolo works in the communications department supporting initiatives and programs at 4Culture, King County’s arts and culture funding agency. 

Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse Nominated

Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse in 1937 / Source: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Region Branch

Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse in 1937 / Source: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Region Branch

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board unanimously nominated the Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse (2815 Elliot Ave) at its July 2, 2014 meeting. The building, more commonly known as the Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurant in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, was built in 1902 for Ainsworth & Dunn, a prominent salmon-packing company, as their warehouse. In 1901, the same firm built Pier 14 (now Pier 70). The warehouse was constructed to operate in tandem with the pier.

Historic Seattle, the Queen Anne Historical Society and local preservationists submitted letters of strong support for nomination.

The Board nominated both the exterior and interior. The Board’s decision was a big step forward in recognizing the significance of vernacular style industrial buildings in Seattle which are often times not appreciated or understood as well as more high style examples of architecture. The property is also significant for its association with Ainsworth & Dunn and the industrial development of the city. Its location is also a prominent one at the north end of the waterfront. It stands out among the piers, multi-family apartments and condos, and the Olympic Sculpture Park.

The building’s adaptive reuse into a restaurant in the 1970s has kept it an active space for thousands to enjoy every year. The owner has been an excellent steward of the property. We hope any future plans for the block preserves the Ainsworth & Dunn Warehouse in its entirety. The surface parking lot adjacent to the south could provide the available land needed for development, allowing the Ainsworth & Dunn building to anchor a future project.

The Board will consider the property for landmark designation at its August 6, 2014 meeting.

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