2014 Annual Report

Historic Seattle is pleased to share milestones, achievements, and highlights of 2014, our 40th Anniversary.

With the generous support of our members and donors, we continued to advance our mission of education, advocacy, and preservation.

Here are some of 2014’s highlights:

  • Produced 31 educational events with total attendance of over 1,600
  • Launched our Digging Deeper Built Heritage Research Series, which provided behind-the-scenes insight into eight local archives
  • Honored eight outstanding historic preservation projects and stewards of historic buildings at our 6th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony
  • Released Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation, edited by Program Director Larry Kreisman and published in partnership with Documentary Media
  • Hosted a benefit concert to fund the restoration of Washington Hall, featuring the Holden Family, descendants of legendary Seattle jazz patriarch Oscar Holden
  • Re-designed and launched our website with improved features and navigation
  • Partnered with the owner of the National Historic Landmark Panama Hotel to develop a plan for its long-term stewardship
  • Continued as supporting partners of the Vets Restore program, providing training in the preservation trades to military veterans
  • Honored by the Association of King County Heritage Organizations (AKCHO) Board Legacy Award for our “exceptional impact . . . on the preservation of Seattle’s historic built environment”

We were grateful to receive support from the following:

City of Seattle

  • $300,000 for an elevator to provide full accessibility at Washington Hall (2014 Mayor’s Budget; funding administered through the Department of Neighborhoods)
  • $24,743 Office of Arts and Culture Cultural Facilities grant for installing fire sprinklers in Washington Hall

King County Council

  • $70,000 toward the restoration of Washington Hall


  • $19,420 Landmarks Capital grant for restoring a historic fire escape at Washington Hall
  • $46,550 Vets Restore grant for conducting a veterans training program to learn historic window restoration at Washington Hall (in collaboration with 4Culture and the King County Veterans Program)
  • $1,500 Cultural Equipment grant  to assist with our seating upgrade project at Washington Hall
  • $4,500 Heritage Special Projects grant to assist in book production of Tradition and Change on Seattle’s First Hill: Propriety, Profanity, Pills, and Preservation

Private Foundations and Donors

  • Wyncote Foundation NW gave $250,000 to the Washington Hall Capital Campaign
  • Norcliffe Foundation gave $50,000 to the Washington Hall Capital Campaign
  • KeyBank Foundation gave $10,000 towards a pledge of $20,000 to the Washington Hall Capital Campaign
  • The Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation gave $5,000 towards a total pledge of $25,000 for the Washington Hall Capital Campaign
  • KeyBank Community Development Lending gave $5,000 to sponsor our Preservation Awards

Below, you’ll find our annual financial statements indicating our financial position, revenues, and expenses for 2014.