In Remembrance of Beth Chave (1955 – 2012)

Seattle’s preservation community lost a dear friend and consummate professional in Beth Chave who passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

As the Landmarks Preservation Board Coordinator for the City of Seattle for 25 years, Beth left an indelible mark on the city’s historic built environment. Her work with professional colleagues, landmark and historic district property owners, and neighborhood advocates throughout Seattle has left a legacy of honoring and protecting historic places that matter in our communities. We cannot walk around this city she called home without seeing the impact she had on almost every corner.

Many of us remember Beth through her dedicated work in the public sector but she was also known for her passion for life and engaged in many enriching activities. Her varied interests went well beyond the appreciation of architectural heritage to include dancing, music, boating, hiking, skiing, travel, gardening and her beloved dogs.

All our thoughts and support are with Rob, Beth’s husband of 31 years, and her family. In honor of Beth, Historic Seattle will establish a preservation award in her name that recognizes outstanding achievements in the field through our annual preservation awards.

A celebration of Beth Chave’s life will be held at Pacific Science Center’s Ackerley Family Gallery in Seattle on Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

The family suggests that one of the organizations to which remembrances may be made is Historic Seattle.

The Seattle Times “In Memoriam” notice for Beth may be found here.