Larry Kreisman Retires

Larry has served as Historic Seattle’s Program Director since 1997.


On May 31st, we celebrated Historic Seattle Program Director Larry Kreisman’s 70th birthday with an elegantly themed Art Deco concert and reception at the Northern Life Tower, now known as the Seattle Tower.   

With this birthday celebration came the announcement of Larry’s retirement from Historic Seattle at the end of this year. In honor of his legacy, May 31st (his birthdate) has been officially declared Lawrence Kreisman Day in the City of Seattle.

Larry is an architectural historian, author, preservation consultant, and, since 1997, Program Director for Historic Seattle. The impact his passion, expertise, and knowledge, have had on preservation in our region through educational programs and his writing is indeed “Made to Last,” — the title of one of his many publications. We are deeply grateful for the 20 years Historic Seattle members and the general public have benefited from Larry’s dedication.

To commemorate Larry’s  contributions to the preservation field, Historic Seattle has launched the “Lawrence Kreisman Historic Preservation Education Fund” to support program initiatives for the next 5 years. We are raising $25k for this effort. A search is underway for a new Historic Seattle Program Manager, and a retirement party will be planned for the fall.