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Annual Preservation Awards

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Historic Seattle hosts its 7th Annual Preservation Awards ceremony at the landmark Good Shepherd Center to acknowledge recent successes in the field. The Awards showcase and recognize exceptional public and private projects, as well as individuals and community groups, that preserve and protect Seattle’s built heritage for future generations.

The event begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Enjoy traditional Scandinavian “smorrebrod” appetizers, wine and beer, desserts, coffee and tea, and celebrate the award recipients with friends and colleagues.

Dennis Alan Andersen, a former Historic Seattle Council member and former Chair of the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, will offer remarks and present awards. Andersen is co-author, with Jeffrey Karl Ochsner, of Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H.H. Richardson, and served on the advisory committee and authored essays for Shaping Seattle Architecture.

Tickets are available online or by calling 206-622-6952, ext. 221.

Historic Seattle thanks lead event sponsor KeyBank and 4Culture for their additional support.

Congratulations to the 2015 award winners!

Beth Chave Historic Preservation Award for Exemplary Stewardship
Trinity Parish Church

Best Adaptive Reuse
Starbucks Reserve® Roastery & Tasting Room / Packard Showroom

Preserving Historic Landscapes
Dunn Gardens

Preserving Neighborhood Character ­
Anhalt Apartment Building

Transporting through History
SDOT Interurban Shelters Restoration, Queen Anne and Rainier Valley

Community Advocacy
The Friends of the Conservatory, Volunteer Park

Architectural Heritage Publication
Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects, Second Edition (University of Washington Press)

Living Landmark
Peggy Corley

Photo (upper left): Volunteer Park Conservatory / Credit: Eugenia Woo

National Preservation Awards

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2014 Richard E. Driehaus National Preservation Awards last week during the National Preservation Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The awards celebrate the best of preservation.

Three of the seventeen award recipients were from Washington state! Here’s a brief description of the local awards:

John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy
Green Mountain Lookout – Darrington
Our friends at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation were instrumental in saving the lookout.

Trustees’ Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience – Seattle

National Preservation Honor Award
King Street Station – Seattle

Learn more about all seventeen award recipients. Congratulations to all!

Photo: Green Mountain Lookout

Historic Seattle’s 6th Annual Preservation Awards – May 13, 2014

2014 award cover graphic small

On Tuesday May 13, 2014, Historic Seattle hosts its Sixth Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford to acknowledge recent successes in the preservation and heritage fields locally.

The event begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Enjoy an evening of food and drink and celebrate the award recipients. Join with old and new friends and colleagues who share a passion for preservation. Seattle native Knute Berger, writer, journalist and editor, is the keynote speaker and MC of the 2014 Preservation Awards. Big thanks to the event’s Lead Sponsor KeyBank, with additional support from 4Culture.

Register for the awards event online by Friday, May 9 (4pm); telephone us to order tickets, 206.622.6952; or pay at the door.

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Recipients!

King Street Station – The Beth Chave Historic Preservation Award for Best Restoration Project goes to the Seattle Department of Transportation and supporting partners for the outstanding achievement in the restoration of King Street Station in the Pioneer Square Historic District.

Supply Laundry Building – The Sustainable Preservation Award goes to Vulcan Real Estate and supporting partners for the outstanding adaptive reuse of the Supply Laundry Building in South Lake Union.

Lightship No. 83, “The Swiftsure” – The Historic Vessel Preservation Award goes to Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center and its supporting partner for blending maritime history, education and public outreach through the restoration of the heritage vessel and museum, Lightship No. 83.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – The Exemplary Stewardship Award goes to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and supporting partners for the longstanding commitment to preserving the modernist church building while responding to the needs of the congregation and lower Queen Anne community.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog – The Communications and Technology Award goes to Justin Carder (aka jseattle) for his contribution to communicating preservation news through the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

Ada’s Technical Books – The Preserving Neighborhood Character goes to Danielle and David Hulton and supporting partners for preserving and transforming a humble house into an inviting, community gathering place for a unique neighborhood business.

Friends of the Market, Pike Place Market – The Community Advocacy goes to the Friends of the Market, recognizing their 50 years of advocacy for the historic Pike Place Market.

John BennettThe Community Investment Award goes to John Bennett for his long-term investment in the restoration and revitalization of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.

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. (more…)

Nominations Accepted for State Historic Preservation Officer’s Awards

Point Defiance Park Pagoda in Tacoma; 2013 award for Special Achievement - meticulous restoration by Metro Parks Tacoma after the historic structure was almost destroyed by fire (arson). Photo: DAHP

Point Defiance Park Pagoda in Tacoma; 2013 award for Special Achievement for meticulous restoration by Metro Parks Tacoma after the historic building was almost destroyed by fire (arson). Photo: DAHP

The Washington state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is seeking nominations for the 24th Annual Awards for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation.  This awards program recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that have achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation.  Award recipients will be recognized at a ceremony held during National Historic Preservation Month, May 2014.  The ceremony is sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and will take place on Tuesday evening, May 13th, at the Legislative Building in Olympia.

Nominations can be made in one of the following categories: historic preservation planning, historic property rehabilitation projects, career achievement, public education, stewardship, special achievement media and cemetery preservation.  A nominee in this last category should demonstrate outstanding career achievement, stewardship, or a completed preservation effort in the context of preserving a historic cemetery.

Nominations for the State Historic Preservation Officers Awards must be postmarked or submitted to DAHP by Friday, March 14, 2014 at 5 p.m.  Click here for a link to the Nomination Form for the 2012 SHPO Awards.  For more information, contact Russell Holter at 360.586.3533 or russell.holter@dahp.wa.gov.

Historic Seattle’s 5th Annual Preservation Awards – May 14, 2013

2013 award graphic

On Tuesday May 14, 2013, Historic Seattle hosts its Fifth Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford to acknowledge recent successes in the preservation and heritage fields locally. This year we introduce the Beth Chave Historic Preservation Award in honor of our friend and colleague who served as the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator for many years.

The event begins at 5:30 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Enjoy an evening of food and drink and celebrate the award recipients. Join with old and new friends and colleagues who share a passion for preservation. Seattle City Council President will speak about preservation in Seattle. Jeffrey Ochsner introduces our 2013 Preservation Award recipients. Big thanks to the event’s Lead Sponsor KeyBank, with additional support from 4Culture.

This year, we’re raffling off some great prizes including a one-night stay at the Sorrento Hotel and dinner for two at the Hunt Club; Tom Douglas restaurant gift certificates; and some stellar Washington wine. Raffle tickets are $20 each.

Register for the awards event online by Monday, May 13 (NOON); telephone us to order tickets, 206.622.6952; or pay at the door.

Congratulations to the 2013 Award Recipients!

MOHAI/Naval Reserve Armory – The Beth Chave Historic Preservation Award for Best Adaptive Reuse Project goes to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and its supporting partners for their outstanding achievement in the adaptive reuse of the Naval Reserve Armory at Lake Union Park in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Terry Avenue Building – The Best Rehabilitation Project Award goes to Vulcan Real Estate and its supporting partners for its exemplary approach to renovating a vernacular, brick warehouse/office building by providing needed enhancements and new uses while respecting the integrity of the original design of a Seattle Landmark.

Seattle Vineyard Church – The Best Preservation Practice Award goes to Seattle Vineyard Church and its supporting partners for a painting project that serves as an excellent model for the treatment of historic properties.

Pioneer Building Interior Storm Windows – The Exemplary Stewardship Award goes to Dr. Richard and Mrs. Dorothy Sikora, owners and stewards of the Pioneer Building, and their supporting partners for an outstanding interior storm windows project that serves as an excellent model for the treatment of historic properties.

HT Kubota Building – The Preserving Neighborhood Character award goes to HTK Management, LLC and its supporting partners preserving and enhancing the HT Kubota Building into a new mix of retail, restaurants and artist studios.

Alliance for Pioneer Square – The Community Advocacy Award goes to the Alliance for Pioneer Square for its leadership in revitalizing Seattle’s first neighborhood.

Kevin Daniels The Community Investment Award goes to Kevin Daniels for his long-term commitment investing in, preserving and revitalizing Seattle neighborhoods and landmark properties.

Heritage Turkeys of 2012

Demolition of Paul Thiry Office Building in progress, 2012. Photo: Eugenia Woo

Demolition of Paul Thiry Office Building in progress, 2012. Photo: Eugenia Woo

It’s sad to see so many cultural resources throughout the northwest fall victim to the wrecking ball. Here’s Knute Berger’s Crosscut article featuring his annual list of Heritage Turkey Awards from 2012. In Seattle, northwest modernist architect Paul Thiry’s Office Building was demolished without any review for historic significance. MAin2 wrote about it here. Berger’s article includes the Thiry building on its list of turkeys. 2012 marked the the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair and Paul Thiry was the master planner/architect for the fair. The very building in which he created his designs was torn down the same year we celebrated a seminal event that put Seattle on the map–one that Thiry greatly influenced. We’ve been losing a Thiry-designed building once a year in recent years. Let’s hope 2013 is different.

Historic Seattle’s 4th Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony – May 15

On Tuesday May 15, 2012, Historic Seattle hosts its Fourth Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford to acknowledge recent successes in the preservation and heritage fields locally. Enjoy an evening of food and drink and celebrate the award recipients. Join with old and new friends and colleagues who share a passion for preservation. Former Historic Seattle Executive Director John Chaney will speak on the stewardship challenges and successes of over 35 years of Historic Seattle’s Good Shepherd Center ownership. Jeffrey Ochsner introduces our 2012 Preservation Award recipients. Big thanks to the event’s Lead Sponsor KeyBank, with additional support from 4Culture.

Update (5/14/12): Online registration is now closed. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

2012 Award Recipients – Congratulations!

Mary Olson Farm, Auburn – The Best Restoration Project Award goes to the White River Valley Museum and the City of Auburn for their exemplary approach to restoring the Mary Olson Farm, King County’s best-preserved historic farmstead.

Christ Our Hope Church – The Best Rehabilitation Project Award goes to Christ Our Hope Church and its supporting partners for their outstanding achievement in historic preservation and the successful adaptive reuse of a historic space for its new downtown Seattle parish.

Pacific Science Center – The Exemplary Stewardship Award goes to Pacific Science Center for the organization’s proactive approach in seeking landmark designation for its property and for the recent fine work in restoring and improving the buildings, courtyard and site.

Seattle’s Volunteer Park Landmark Designation – The Community Advocacy Award goes to the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks (FSOP) for the arduous work involved in preparing a complex and successful landmark nomination application for Volunteer Park. The organization’s documentation of this complicated and highly significant cultural landscape serves to insure the preservation of Volunteer Park and fosters the on-going recognition of our unique citywide Olmsted legacy.

Michael Malone – The Community Investment Award goes to Michael Malone for his long-term commitment investing in, preserving, and enhancing Seattle’s historic architecture and neighborhoods.

Red Mill Totem House – The Preserving Neighborhood Character Award goes to the supporting partners of Red Mill Totem House for preserving a unique Ballard community landmark.

The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy  – The Heritage Education Publication Award goes to The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy, a visually appealing book about the history of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Seattle Center. Commissioned in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Century 21 Exposition by the Seattle Center Foundation, this important book about a seminal event in Seattle’s recent past was developed in partnership with HistoryLink.org and written by Paula Becker, Alan J. Stein and HistoryLink staff.  

Paul Dorpat – The Living Landmark Award goes to Paul Dorpat for his outstanding contribution to our understanding of Seattle history and his role in shaping a broad public appreciation of our built (and in many unfortunate cases lost) environment. Through his research, publications, website, public lectures and the generous sharing of his vast knowledge about the history of our city with other researchers, Paul Dorpat has made “then” a very important part of “now” for which we are very grateful.