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Society of Architectural Historians Call for Papers Deadline – May 31

Screenshot - SAH/MDR website

Screenshot – SAH/MDR website


Museums: Building Collections, Building Community




In recent years Seattle has re-purposed several important historic buildings to showcase the region’s history, arts, and culture. Join us for an exciting conference that focuses on old and new museum spaces and collections set in the growing, vibrant city of Seattle. This year’s theme is Museums: Building Collections, Building Community. Please consider submitting an abstract or proposal for a paper or work-in-progress report for the 2014 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, to be held in Seattle, Washington, October 3-5, 2014.

Submissions for the conference may include profiles of architects, builders, city planners, and landscape architects that helped build the city, preservation case studies, or important historical trends that made the Seattle area what it is today. These topics will be given first priority. Other proposals addressing any aspect of the built environment from any time period or place are also welcome. All abstracts adhering to the submission guidelines listed below will be given a fair assessment. Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed by the SAH MDR Review Committee with a select number chosen for oral presentation. Applicants may be offered a poster session if their abstract is not selected for oral presentation.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome to present at the conference. Membership in the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is not required for abstract submission, although everyone chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year.

Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 500 words, and should fit onto a single-sided page. On a separate single page, include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae. Abstracts are due on or before May 31, 2014, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by June 11, 2014. Registration fees apply. Please indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report. Ideally, the papers or work-in-progress reports delivered at the conference should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive and aim to make an original contribution. Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by August 12, 2014.

Authors shall retain copyright, but shall agree that the paper will be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Electronic submission of proposals is preferred. Please email submissions as a Microsoft Word attachment with the subject heading SAH MDR Conference 2014 on or before May 31, 2014, to Phillip Mead at If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please send it via regular mail to:

Phillip G. Mead AIA
College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
PO Box 442451
Moscow ID 83844

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.

Preservation News – Landmarks Old, New and Future

Neptune Theatre, 2012 / Photo: Historic Seattle

Seattle Landmarks 

Landmarks Preservation Board Meeting, Wednesday, November 14, 2012:

This meeting is open to the public and takes place on Wednesday, November 14 at 3:30 pm, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave, 40th Floor, Suite 4050/60. Download the agenda (LPB52512.)

Neptune Theatre: The LPB will decide whether to designate the Neptune Theatre in the University District. The Board voted to nominate the building at its October 3 meeting so that its members could take a closer look at the structure in person to assess the level of physical integrity. At the October 3 meeting, the owner brought an attorney and an architect to argue against nomination claiming the building lacks integrity and how it does not meet any one of the six designation standards. The nomination was submitted by Larry Johnson of The Johnson Partnership who prepared it pro bono as an advocacy effort–he believes the Neptune should be recognized and protected as a Seattle Landmark. Read more about his thoughts on the theatre in his firm’s blog.  Historic Seattle offered public testimony at the October 3rd meeting supporting the nomination of the Neptune Theatre, citing the building’s significance as a community landmark in a city where few historic theatres (built as theatres) remain in neighborhoods. The building has sufficient integrity to convey its significance.

You may download the landmark nomination on the Seattle Historic Preservation Program’s website under “Current Nominations.” It includes an excellent section on the development of theatres in Seattle.

If you support the designation of the Neptune Theatre as a landmark we urge you to attend the meeting to speak in favor of the nomination. You may also email your public comments to Erin Doherty, Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator, at (more…)

National Preservation Conference Scholarships Available

National Preservation Conference Scholarships

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding its annual National Preservation Conference in Spokane, October 31-November 3, 2012. With an estimated attendance of more than 2,000 people, the conference attracts nationally recognized experts and practitioners in preservation and revitalization. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Spokane Preservation Advocates have worked to raise funds to provide conference scholarships for residents and students of Washington State. Additional scholarship funds are being raised in Oregon and Idaho.

With a theme of “Beyond Boundaries,” the conference will feature interactive educational sessions, field sessions, affinity sessions for partnership building and networking, and informational on-your-own activities. This year, the conference will focus on sustainability, diversity, public lands, and reimagining historic sites. For more information about the conference, please visit the National Trust’s conference web page.

Residents and Students in Washington, Idaho and Oregon

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation invites residents of Washington State and students at Washington universities and colleges to apply for scholarships that will cover conference registration fees and provide a small travel stipend. Residents and students in Idaho and Oregon are also eligible to apply for a limited number of scholarships. The application deadline is June 21. Any applications received after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis only.

Application and more information

Available on our website the Washington Trust’s website.

Please e-mail your completed application to Anne Holland at Please put your first and last name in the subject line followed by “Scholarship Application.”


Please contact Anne Holland at or 206-624-9449.

Register Now for RevitalizeWA 2012

Registration is open for RevitalizeWA 2012! Join the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation for its Statewide Preservation and Main Street Conference to be held at Campbell’s, Lake Chelan’s Waterfront Resort in historic downtown Chelan. The conference will feature a variety of sessions and tours relating to the revitalization of our historic communities and resources on May 23 and 24. Pre-conference workshops will take place on May 22. For details, go to the Trust’s website.

Washington State Main Street Unveils New Logo

Our colleagues at the Washington State Main Street Program just unveiled a new logo! According to Sarah Hansen, Washington State Main Street Program Coordinator, “This new brand is the result of efforts to create a better visual identity for the program, representing Main Street communities across this diverse state.  We are thrilled to debut the logo in time for our RevitalizeWA Conference and would like to thank all those who helped with its development.  A special thanks goes to The Medium, the design firm in North Bend, who assisted us in creating an image that reflects Washington’s rich cultural and natural heritage while focusing on our historic downtowns.”

Whether you’re a veteran Main Street supporter or you want to know more about the program, we recommend attending the RevitalizeWA Conference in Walla Walla, May 11-13, 2011.  See what great efforts are being made statewide to revitalize our main streets. Visit the conference web page for more info and register online.