2009 Awards

On Wednesday, May 20, 2009, Historic Seattle hosted its first annual preservation awards in the Northern Lights Dome Room of the Arctic Club Hotel to celebrate organization’s 35th Anniveresary and to honor award recipients.

Urban League Village

Best Adaptive Reuse Project Award

The award was presented to the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, Northwest African American Museum, and supporting partners for bringing new educational life to the Colman School building, a Seattle Landmark. The top two floors have 36 rental units for low- to middle-income residents, and the Northwest African American Museum is the centerpiece of an expansive thirty-acre greenbelt surrounding the structure. Photo: DKA Architecture

Wing Luke Museum

Best Rehabilitation Project Award

The award was presented to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience for adapting the 1910 East Kong Yick building, a former single room occupancy hotel, to an appropriate new use that benefits Seattle residents and visitors alike. The Museum’s facility expands its role as an economic and community resource for a distinctly diverse neighborhood, as one of Seattle’s historic and creative treasures, and as a cultural institution of national significance. Photo: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Arctic Club Hotel Building

Best Adaptive Reuse Project Award

The award was presented to Arctic Club Hotel, LLC and its supporting partners their sensitive rehabilitation of one of Seattle’s best-known downtown Landmarks. The building was transformed into a 120-room hotel that welcomed its first visitors in June 2008. The Arctic Club was established in 1908 as a fraternal men’s club by the few adventurers who found their fortune in the Klondike gold rush. Photo: Arctic Club

Top Pot Doughnuts

Preserving Neighborhood Character Award

The award was presented to Michael and Mark Klebeck and Joel Radin for their commitment to preserving and adaptively reusing modest existing buildings as centers of neighborhood social and economic activity. Founded in 2002, Top Pot Doughnuts has made a name for itself with its addicting hand-forged doughnuts. With the company’s beginnings in a modest brick storefront on Capitol Hill, Top Pot has grown to four locations in Seattle and one in Bellevue (by 2009). Its Downtown, Wedgwood, Queen Anne, and Capitol Hill cafes have become social hubs for each neighborhood. Photo: Top Pot Doughnuts

Magnolia Library

Stewardship of Public Buildings Award

The award was presented to the Seattle Public Library and supporting partners for renovating and expanding the Magnolia Branch Library, creating a model preservation project that incorporated both the restoration of a mid-century landmark and the construction of a sensitive new addition that will allow the building to function as a library for years to come. Photo: SHKS Architects

Seattle Church of Christ

Community Partnership in Historic Preservation Award

The award recognized the extraordinary efforts by community advocates from Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Historical Society (QAHS), and two congregations–Seattle Church of Christ and Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, to save and officially designate a cherished Queen Anne landmark. Originally the Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, the building was constructed in 1926 and designed by architect Harlan Thomas. Historic Seattle and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation assisted with preservation strategies. Photo: QAHS

Seattle Architecture: A Walking Guide to Downtown

Preservation Education and Publications Award

Seattle Architecture: A Walking Guide to Downtown is the first effort to assemble an up-to-date, factually accurate review of buildings downtown Seattle that is also compelling, readable, and celebratory. It divides the city into nine understandable and easily traversed districts and sets over 360 individual buildings within the historical, social, and economic context of their time and place. The Preservation Education and Publications Award was presented to the Seattle Architecture Foundation and author Maureen Elenga. Book cover photo: Seattle Architecture Foundation