King County Mid-century Modern

King County Mid-century Modern Residential Resources Context Statement

Consultants sought for preparation of a context statement for mid-century modern residential resources in King County

KC modern 2The King County Historic Preservation Program (HPP) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a context statement for mid-century modern residential resources. The project is funded by a grant from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), using federal Historic Preservation Funds administered by Washington’s Certified Local Government (CLG) Program.

The statement will be used as a tool for evaluating potential National Register and local landmark properties throughout unincorporated King County and in the 20 cities that participate in the county’s Interlocal Historic Preservation Program. It will also provide a valuable tool for environmental review and compliance in King County, and serve as a model for other areas of the state. The period of study is approximately 1945 – 1975.

The consultant must demonstrate a range of skills and expertise including knowledge of regional and architectural history, specifically from the period of study; completion of context statements and survey/inventory projects in Washington State; and experience in project management.

The consultant will collaborate with the King County HPP to develop a coordinated approach to achieve project tasks. These include:

  • Identifying, documenting, and evaluating a comprehensive collection of mid-century modern single family residences that are representative of King County and its suburban cities;
  • Completing research on suburban development throughout the county during an established period of significance;
  • Completing a photo illustrated context statement that can be used to evaluate these residences for eligibility for National Register listing and county/city landmark designation, and that conforms to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historical Documentation;
  • Conducting at least one public presentation to present project findings; and
  • Completing statements of significance for up to 12 representative intensive-level Historic Property Inventory (HPI) forms.

The project will begin in January 2016 and be completed by August 28, 2016. The grant award is $16,500.

Proposals should be submitted by end of business Friday, January 8, 2016. Proposals should include a brief summary of the contractor’s previous experience related to the scope of work and tasks described above; a breakdown of personnel responsible for each task along with associated costs; a bid quote for completing the project; and a statement confirming contractor’s ability to complete the tasks within the specified timeframe. For questions, contact Todd Scott at [email protected] or (206) 477-4545.

Proposals can be mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed:
King County Historic Preservation Program
Attention: Todd Scott, Historic Preservation Architect
201 S Jackson, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98104
[email protected]

Photos courtesy of King County Historic Preservation Program