DAHP Move Update: Last Message from 1063

DAHP’s tenure at the 1063 Capitol Way South Building (aka Capitol Park Building) is rapidly drawing to a close. Friday morning, movers arrive to transport DAHP’s furnishings and equipment across the street to our new home at 1110 Capitol Way South in the historic Capitol Court Building, the former Thurston County Courthouse. We also will be unveiling our new agency logo which should start appearing in our letterhead, business cards, etc.

As written in earlier posts, Friday will be a day that will be difficult to reach DAHP staff members. Since computers and phone lines are to be disconnected in a matter of minutes, the best way to contact us will be via email or mobile phone. List of email and mobile phone numbers are published in the Staff Directory at our website. 

Monday, March 2nd will also be a difficult day to reach. Again, email or contact via mobile phones will be your best bet. We expect phones and computers to be reconnected by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. The main office line of 360-586-3065 will be the first to be reconnected.

Again, as SHPO Allyson Brooks and DAHP staff transition to our new quarters, your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated if we are not as easily available and responsive as we strive to be. Although we hope to be back up and running as usual as we get into March.

We look forward to seeing you in our new offices. Thanks go to DAHP staff who have worked hard to plan and bring about the move so smoothly while keeping up with their work duties.



Preservation in the News

An interesting news piece about historic preservation was on TV in Seattle last night. Check it out here:



Society for Architectural Historians Conference – October 23-25


The date and location for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has been set!  The conference will be held in Ashland, Oregon, October 23-25, 2015.

The theme of this year’s conference will be Artifice and Authenticity in Architecture: To Play or not to Play?  Ashland is home to one of the greatest Shakespearean festivals in the U.S. but the area is also a mecca for heritage tourism.  We plan to look at the architecture of both realms during our three day conference.

We will send out a Call for Papers in March.  Current information can be found on the SAH MDR website at:


And on the SAH MDR blog:



Update: DAHP Move on Target for March 1

Plans remain on track for the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to move to its new location over the weekend of February 27th thru March 1, 2015. Our new location will be in the Capitol Court building at 1110 Capitol Way South in Olympia.  Capitol Court is the current name for the historic Thurston County Courthouse building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

As of this writing, project managers are confident that work to prepare our new space will be completed by Thursday, February 26. On Friday, February 27th, movers will begin transferring boxes, furnishings, supplies, and equipment from our current space in the 1063 Building. That effort will continue into the weekend until completed.

At this point, Friday the 27th looks to be the day when DAHP staff will be most difficult to reach. During that day, computers and telephones will be disconnected. Staff will still be available by mobile phone.

Monday, March 2nd will be another day of transition as computers and telephone lines will be re-established as our IT consultants will be moving through to each work station to reconnect. That work will probably last into Tuesday, but definitely completed by Wednesday unless there is an unforeseen hitch. Of course, during this time, staff will be unpacking boxes and organizing work and shared spaces. 

A final important note is that our current telephone numbers will remain intact through the move. Earlier information that we would be issued new numbers proved to be pre-mature. 

Again, as we move closer to the move date, we appreciate your patience and understanding if our response time to your contact is not as timely as usual. Remember, we will be available by phone or email until the 27th and back-up and running by March 4th if not earlier. Also, many staff have mobile telephone numbers by which we will be accessible.  



Call for Session Proposals – Revitalize WA 2015 – Bellingham





Have an interesting preservation/revitalization story or case study to share? Why not turn it into a conference proposal? The Washington Trust is now accepting proposals for the Revitalize WA conference this coming May 6-8 in Bellingham. See the link below for the proposal form.

RevitalizeWA 2015 Session Proposal Form (pdf)


Now Hiring – Historic Preservation Planner – City of Ellensburg

The City of Ellensburg is hiring a new Senior Planner/Historic Preservation position in the Community Development office. Please share with anyone that might be interested in this position.



UPDATE: DAHP Move on Target for March 1

Barring any unforeseen last minute hitch, DAHP’s offices in Olympia will be moved over the weekend of February 27th, 28th, and March 1, 2015. With the move date rapidly approaching, DAHP staff is feverishly working to plan and coordinate with Department of Enterprise Services (the State’s landlord agency), the moving company, and contractors to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible and to minimize disruption in service to our customers.


New DAHP Offices – Thurston County Courthouse

Still, as any move presents numerous logistical challenges and unknowns, please be aware that during the last week in February and the first week in March, our responsiveness to your contact may not be as timely as we would like. At this time, we understand that Friday, February 27th and Monday March 2nd will be the most difficult as those are the days when computers and telephone equipment will be disconnected. At other times, staff will be working to pack their work spaces by Thursday, Feb. 26th in order for the movers to begin moving boxes and furnishings on Friday morning, the 27th.

Our current phone numbers will still be in service, but a little spotty around the move date. Keep in mind that most of the staff can still be reached by using their mobile phones numbers (posted on-line). Of course, our email addresses remain the same and we will have access to email as soon as our computers are installed and operational on March 2nd and soon thereafter.

Also, note that our current mailing address (P.O. Box 48343, Olympia WA 98504-8343) will remain unchanged.  However, for mailing materials to DAHP using a special carrier like UPS, or visiting us in our new office, the address will be 1110 Capitol Way South, Olympia WA 98501.

Finally, we will be moving to the old Thurston County Courthouse building, now owned by the State of Washington and known as the Capitol Court Building. DAHP offices will be in the lower level of the building facing eastward. Limited visitor parking is available both off Capitol Way South as well as Washington Street.

Capitol Court is listed in the National Register of Historic Places having been built in 1930 and designed by Joseph Wohleb. For decades, Wohleb was Olympia’s favored architect who designed many buildings in the South Puget Sound region and across the state. It was also threatened with demolition in the 1980s. Fortunately, preservation advocates were able to persuade the State to preserve the vacant building.  Rehabilitation followed for use by a mix of state agencies.






8th Annual 2015 Cultural Resource Protection Summit

The 2015 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks the eighth anniversary of our gathering.  Since its inception, the primary goal in organizing the annual Summit has been to facilitate amongst all affected parties an open, frank discussion about the intersection between cultural resources and land use.  The Summit is designed to promote collaborative cultural resource planning as an effective means of finding resolution to issues before they escalate into emotionally-charged, divisive, and expensive stalemates or law suits.

Join us at the Suquamish Tribe’s beautiful and inviting House of Awakened Culture for a two-day gathering that will help you improve your technical skills while deepening your connection to why we do this work.  Leave with more tools for protecting cultural resources and sharing the important stories they tell.

When: May 20-21, 2015
Where: House of Awakened Culture, 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish, WA 98392
Early Bird Registration Runs February 4 through April 20

Summit Website:  http://www.theleadershipseries.info/summithome.html


RFP for Preparation of Post WWII Commercial/Industrial Context Study

YakimaDowntown50sWhile recognizing that Post WWII structures have reached the 50 year age threshold for eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, preservation professionals, property owners, and the general public continues to struggle with decisions regarding how to preserve, protect and designate these resources.  While it may be easier to understand why buildings and structures that date from before World War II are worthy of protection, the preservation community is increasingly confronted with questions about the importance of properties from the recent past as well as why they merit efforts to preserve them.

To address this need for a clear and concise approach for understanding and evaluating historic properties from the modern-era, the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is seeking a consultant to develop a historic context of Post WWII commercial/industrial architecture built in Washington from 1940 to 1975.  Project goals are:

  • To allow Historic Preservation professionals and members of the public to use the context to craft local, state and National Register nominations of Washington’s Post WWII commercial/industrial buildings.
  • To allow Historic Preservation professionals to use the context to evaluate the significance of Washington’s Post WWII commercial/industrial buildings.
  • To create an attractive and useful on-the-ground tool for inventorying, documenting and evaluating Post WWII resources.

Work will include:

  1. An overall context which establishes and expands on the various times, themes and events associated with Post WWII commercial/industrial development in Washington State
  2. Identification of property types and character-defining features associated with Washington’s Post   WWII commercial/industrial development
  3. Rationale and explanation of minimum requirements for determining eligibility and assessing integrity of properties for the National Register of Historic Places
  4. An architectural style guide specific to Post WWII commercial/industrial designs in Washington State
  5. A timeline of the use of various Post WWII materials and features (i.e. exterior wall cladding, window types, roofing, doors, etc..)
  6. A visual glossary of Post WWII terminology
  7. A resource guide for further research

Send questions to the attention of:

Michael Houser
State Architectural Historian,
Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 48343
Olympia, WA 98504-8343

Or michael.houser@dahp.wa.gov

One (1) PDF copy of the submittal whether mailed, emailed, or hand delivered must be received at the DEPARTMENT no later than 5:00 p.m. PST, Friday, February 27, 2015. Submittals received after this date and time will not be considered and automatically disqualified from further consideration.

Click here for the full RFP_ModernismContext_FINAL_revised.



Free Grant Writing Workshop sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society

Free workshop sponsored by the Washington State Historical Society, Outreach Services Tuesday, March 3, 2015
State Capital Museum Coach House, Olympia Washington
Opening, Registrations, Introductions 9 AM-10 AM
Grant Administrator Presentations and Discussions 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Lunch Break 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Heritage Capital Projects Fund Grant Coordinator Janet Rogerson, Humanities Washington Program Director Ellen Terry, Greg Griffith of the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Susan Rohrer of the Washington State Historical Society and Bill Cole with the Department of Commerce’s Building for the Arts present a workshop on successful grant applications and crafting a strong, grant funded project.

 Among the statewide grant programs covered will be the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund administered by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; the Washington Heritage Barn Register and Historic County Courthouse Grant Program administered by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation; Opportunity Grants, Spark Grants and the new Washington Stories Fund all available from Humanities Washington; the Building for the Arts grant program administrated by the Washington State Department of Commerce; and the Heritage Capital Projects Fund administered by the Washington State Historical Society

Grant presentations will conclude by 2 PM followed by a group discussion and breakout sessions with grant administrators until 4 PM. Tuesday, March 3, 2015. State Capital Museum Coach House, 10 AM to 4 PM. Space limited to 40 people, workshop is filling-email today!

Morning and afternoon refreshments served, nearby lunch options plentiful. Workshop offered at no charge. Lunch on your own from 12 to 1:30 PM.

10:00-12:00 PM and 1:30- 2PM PM Grant Administrator Presentations
2- 4 PM Group Discussion & Small Group Discussions with individual Grant Administrators

For more information and to make a reservation, please contact Susan Rohrer (360) 586-0166. susan.rohrer@wshs.wa.gov

You are invited to stay after for the annual Arts and Heritage Day Reception at the State Capital Museum, sponsored by the Washington Museum Association at 5 PM.