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Egg chair and ottoman by Arne Jacobsen, designed in 1958.

Egg chair and ottoman by Arne Jacobsen, designed in 1958. Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art

Check out these Modern architecture and design-related events!

May 16 – August 31, 2014: Danish Modern Exhibit

The Nordic Heritage Museum goes “Mad Men” with the eye-catching and interactive exhibition Danish Modern: Design for Living. On view from May 16 through August 31, the exhibit highlights the unique furnishing designed and made in Denmark during the 1950s and 1960s. Learn more.

Exhibition–Related Programs at the Nordic Heritage Museum:

PechaKucha Night: Living Loving Nordic Design: Thursday, June 5, 6:00 p.m.
PechaKucha Night Seattle returns to the Museum, this time focusing on Scandinavian Design, inspired by the Danish Modern exhibit now on view. First formed in Tokyo in 2003, this 20×20 format features simple presentations of 20 images shown for 20 seconds accompanying presenters’ talks. These informal and fun gatherings have since spread around the world.

Docomomo WEWA Night: Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m.
An evening of Danish design, remarks, reception, and special viewing of the exhibit Danish Modern: Design for Living. This event is co-sponsored by Docomomo WEWA, a local community of individuals who share a passion for Northwest Modernism. Their mission is to promote appreciation and awareness of Modern architecture and design in Western Washington through education and advocacy. $5 suggested donation.


June 13 and 14: Mid-century Modern Resources Workshop

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) along with the City of Everett is proud to bring a workshop to both sides of the state on Modern Resources. Everett, through a CLG grant, contracted with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions to plan the workshop.  Wade Broadhead from Colorado and Professor Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll from the University of North Carolina will join Washington State’s Architectural Historian, Michael Houser, to explore how to recognize, identify, evaluate, and apply the Secretary of the Interior Standards to Post WWII Resources.

The workshops will be held in both Spokane and Everett.  The Spokane workshop will be held on Friday, June 13th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers.  The Everett workshop will be held on Saturday, June 14th from 9 am to 3 pm in the Everett Performing Arts Center.

For more information and to register online, go to DAHP’s website.


Saturday, June 14: Modern Queen Anne Architectural Tour

On June 14, from 2 pm to about 6 pm, the Queen Anne Historical Society will offer Modern Queen Anne, a new tour that focuses on two mid-century structures with unrivaled views, Canlis and the Swedish Club, while stopping by five recently completed homes to learn from the architects who designed them about program goals and the place of their work in the contemporary idiom. (Interiors are not on the tour). The automobile tour starts at 2 at Canlis. The bike version begins at 1:30 at the Swedish Club.

View the poster for this Modern Tour.

Join the tour by sending an RSVP to or purchase tickets now at BrownPaperTickets. Members $15; non-members $20.

Historic Tacoma Facade Restoration Workshop – August 6, 2011

5415 South Tacoma Way / Photo: Lauren Perez

From a news release issued by Historic Tacoma:

Historic Tacoma and the South Tacoma Business District to host free workshop on the Economic Incentives for Facade Restoration

Tacoma, Washington: On August 6th, 2011, from 9am-12pm at Stonegate Pizza, Historic Tacoma and the South Tacoma Business District Association are hosting a workshop on Economic Incentives for Facade Restoration.

This half-day workshop showcases resources that can assist building and property owners with the rehabilitation process: the brick and mortar of facade restoration, financial incentives from the city’s special tax valuation and facade improvement programs, and case studies from property owners that have transformed their buildings. Presentations by local architectural firms including Belay Architecture, BLRB Architects, and Eysaman & Company will showcase before-and- after images of transformed commercial storefronts, illustrating how buildings that have been altered in the past can have their presence restored.  Historic buildings in South Tacoma’s commercial district will provide many of the examples. Representatives from the City of Tacoma’s Department of Community and Economic Development and the Historic Preservation Office will discuss various financial resources and incentives, including the financial benefits of listing a historic building on Tacoma’s Register of Historic Places. Concluding the workshop is a discussion with property owners who have already gone through the rehabilitation process and taken advantage of the historic preservation special tax incentives. (more…)

Researching History and Landmark Nomination Preparation

Here are two upcoming opportunities to learn how to do historic research and prepare landmark nominations.

Digging Deeper: A Workshop on Doing Archival Research
Saturday, October 23rd
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Historical research is a multi-layered journey. If you’re interested in the intricacies of in-depth research and the many locations where you can find a treasure trove of information, join MOHAI staff, expert archivists and local librarians as they share facts, tips and a wealth of experience. This program is offered by MOHAI in recognition of American Archives Month.

Cost: $40 MOHAI members/$50 General

See MOHAI website for details and how to purchase tickets online.

Landmarks Nomination Workshop Presented By Historic Seattle
Saturday, November 6th
8:30 am to 1:00 pm
At the Good Shepherd Center (Room 202) in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.

In this workshop, learn from experts about how to protect the community’s built environment and honor your neighborhood’s heritage through landmark nominations. You will learn how to prepare a landmark nomination and about the landmark designation process, plus receive an overview of Seattle’s diverse historic resources. Presenters include historians, City staff, a former City Landmarks Preservation Board member, neighborhood activists, landmark owners, and Historic Seattle staff and volunteers. Further one-on-one training for preparing a landmark nomination will also be offered to those actively preparing a nomination.

Cost: $15 Historic Seattle members/$20 General/$10 Students with i.d.

See Historic Seattle’s website for details on how to register online.

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