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Neighborhood Conservation

Historic Seattle is helping the City of Seattle get the word out about neighborhood conservation districts. We know many you are concerned about the issue of neighborhood character. The City is developing a planning tool that can help our neighborhoods grow and retain unique character. We encourage you to attend one of the upcoming public meetings to learn more and share your thoughts with the City.

Neighborhood Conservation Districts!

Preserve your neighborhood’s character amidst booming development

Does your neighborhood have strong character that should be preserved, but isn’t eligible or appropriate for historic district status?

Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is holding a series of Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) public meetings to gather resident input about establishing a program in Seattle. NCDs can be best described as a hybrid between Seattle’s Landmark Review Districts and the Design Review Program where unique neighborhoods can help set architectural style, square footage requirements, or other design elements. More information about neighborhood conservation districts may be found on Councilmember Rasmussen’s website.

Three public meetings are scheduled:

Georgetown, March 23, 6:00 pm, Georgetown Campus, South Seattle Community College, 6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108 (meet in multi-purpose room C122 in Gene J. Colin Education Hall)

West Seattle, April 7, 6:00 pm, High Point Center, 6920 34th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126

North Seattle, April 8, 6:00 pm, Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

For more information, please contact Evan Clifthorne, Councilmember Tom Rasmussen’s Office, or (206) 684-8808.

Historic Seattle Quarterly Members Meeting at Eastside Heritage Center, July 27, 2013

Winters House, Bellevue / Photo courtesy of Eastside Heritage Center

Winters House, Bellevue / Photo courtesy of Eastside Heritage Center

Join Historic Seattle for our Summer Members Meeting/Learning from Historic Sites event on Saturday, July 27th from 10:00 – 11:30 am.  The meeting will take place at the Eastside Heritage Center/Winters House, 2102 Bellevue Way SE in Bellevue.

The Winters House was built in 1929 for Frederick and Cecilia Winters, who came to Washington in 1906 and established a thriving wholesale florist business in Bellevue.  This residence is important for both its Spanish Revival design and its association with the bulb growing and floricultural industry in King County and Washington State.  The building survives as one of the few remaining buildings from the area’s past agricultural era.

Following a short Historic Seattle business meeting, the Eastside Heritage Center’s Executive Director Heather Trescases will give a talk on the historic background of the Winters House and its setting.  Afterwards, Education Coordinator Jane Morton will take participants on a stroll along the Mercer Slough boardwalk adjoining the property.  You can also use this opportunity to visit the Arts & Crafts booths at the Bellevue Arts Fair at Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum.

Please plan to arrive in time for our 10 am start time.

Directions:  From I-90, take the Bellevue Way exit and drive north 0.6 miles.  Turn right into parking lot at the sign for the Winters House.

Hope to see you there!

Planning for the Future of McNeil Island

One of many historic resources on McNeil Island / Photo: Dept of Archaeology and Historic Preservation

A message from the State Office of Financial Management regarding historic McNeil Island

The Washington State Legislature has directed the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) to prepare a REPORT to use to initiate a comprehensive, long-range planning process for the future of McNeil Island during the 2013-15 Biennium. The report is due to the Governor and Legislature by October 1, 2012.

One of the report components is a summary of consultation with interested parties. OFM and its consultant team, BERK, are hosting two open houses in late August that are open to all. The open houses are designed to provide more information about the project underway and gather thoughts on planning for the Island’s future. These open houses will be held:

Monday, August 27, 2012
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Legislative Building
Columbia Room
416 Sid Snyder Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98504

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pierce County Environmental Services Building
East and West Meeting Rooms
9850 64th Street W
University Place, WA 98467

Please see this flyer for more information on these open houses. If you are unable to attend an open house and want to share your thoughts about planning for the future of McNeil Island, please send your comments to: Please also forward this on to other people that might be interested.

Historic Seattle Quarterly Members’ Meeting, October 24, at the Sanctuary at Admiral

Sixth Church of Christ Scientist, now the Sanctuary at Admiral, West Seattle / Photo: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch

Join Historic Seattle at its Fall Members’ Meeting tonight (October 24, 2011) from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Sanctuary at Admiral (formerly Sixth Church of Christ Scientist) in West Seattle. The address is 2656 42nd Ave SW. Details can be found here. Due to the temporary closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, allow more time to get to West Seattle. Here is traffic alert information.

Preserving Heritage Barns

Have you hugged a barn today? Learn more about Washington state’s historic barns at the November 30th, AKCHO monthly membership meeting (Association of King County Historical Organizations). Individuals and organizations can be AKCHO members. Here’s more info about the meeting from AKCHO (members and guests are welcome):

“Preserving Heritage Barns”
Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 30, at 9:30 am
Meeting Location: Stimson-Green Mansion (Washington Trust for Historic Preservation HQ)
Address: 1204 Minor Avenue, Seattle (on First Hill)

If there is one thing we know for sure in the world of historic preservation, it is the following: everybody loves old barns. The evidence abounds – barn images appear on postcards, serve as the inspiration for gallery exhibits, show up on marketing materials for everything from farmer’s markets to scenic byway publications and, in Washington at least, passion for historic barns has generated the Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative to raise awareness of these rural icons and assist in barn preservation. (more…)