2020 Honorees

The 2020 Preservation Celebration Benefit has been canceled due to COVID-19, but Historic Seattle is honoring the following people and projects with Preservation Awards. Features will be shared on our blog and social media and linked on this page as they are released throughout the month of September.

Each recipient was featured on our blog & social media throughout September – click the links below to learn more about these inspiring people & projects!

Building 9 at Magnuson Park

Best Preservation Project Award

Building 9 (now called Mercy Magnuson Place) at Magnuson Park, originally a barracks building for Naval Station Puget Sound on Sand Point, is now home to 148 units of affordable housing, the Denise Louie early learning education center, and a Neighborcare Health community health clinic – thanks to the outstanding work of the project team in partnership with Mercy Housing Northwest. Read more about their incredible effort.

Lincoln High School

Beth Chave Best Rehabilitation Award

Lincoln High School, a Seattle Landmark and the city’s oldest high school, first opened in 1907 to accommodate the rapid growth in North Seattle that came with the streetcar extension to Wallingford and relocation of the University of Washington campus. 113 years later, another wave of growth called the historic school back into action. Read more about this project.

Louisa Hotel

Community Investment Award

The Community Investment Award is presented to the Louisa Hotel project team for their restoration of this contributing building to the Seattle Chinatown National Register Historic District and the International Special Review District. Read more about the project.

South Park Yacht Club

Preserving Neighborhood Character Award

The South Park Yacht Club building was originally built in 1954 as a 13-unit mid-century apartment building. Over time, it fell into disrepair and was completely dilapidated, becoming a blight for the neighborhood. Read more about the rehabilitation.

Town Hall

Exemplary Stewardship Award

After operating in the existing building for 15 years, Town Hall’s leadership realized that – while the building’s historic character helped define the organization – the building had many liabilities that limited programming opportunities. After a major preservation-friendly renovation, including seismic retrofit, Town Hall now has the facility it needs to further its mission for many years to come, earning the project team our Exemplary Stewardship Award. Read more about this project.

Dan Say

Preservation Champion Award

Anyone who meets Dan Say immediately sees that he is a passionate person. Dan brings passion and sensitivity to the structural design for every individual project. Read more about his decades of his work and service in the preservation community.

Wa Na Wari

Community Advocacy Award

Wa Na Wari is an active center for Black art and culture sited in a 5th-generation Black-owned home in Seattle’s Central District.  By providing space and resources for Black artists to collaborate, exhibit their work, and network with other artists, collectors, and patrons, Wa Na Wari is advancing the community in the face of such challenges. To support their ongoing efforts in homeowner advocacy, Wa Na Wari also receives a $3,000 Community Advocacy prize alongside this award. Read more about their inspiring work.

Photo credit: Mujale Chisebuka