Local Chamber of the Society of Architectural Historians Conference to be held in Seattle!

October 3-5, 2014

The final touches have been made to the Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian’s 2014 conference program.  For program and registration information, go to the SAH MDR website:


SAH_LogoThis year is the 60th anniversary of the founding of our chapter and we’ve put together a conference worthy of the milestone.  The theme is “Museums: Building Collections, Building Community.”  The conference will be held in Seattle, October 3-5, 2014.  We realize Seattle can be an expensive town, especially for hotels; correspondingly, we have kept the conference price reasonably low.  We hope you agree as you peruse the program.

As always, check out our SAH MDR blog for news about historic architecture in the Pacific Northwest:


Hope to see y’all in Seattle!



DAHP Consultant’s Training Planned for this Month!

SAVE THE DATE:  Consultant’s Training in Southwest Washington

DAHP staff will be in Vancouver, Washington on Thursday, September 25th – at the Pearson Air Museum!

The purpose of the workshop is to provide guidance to our consultants on:

  • DAHP survey and inventory expectations,
  • site types, and the professional qualifications for recording sites
  • changes to state law regarding Cultural Resources and the protection of graves;
  • and to provide opportunities for consultants to ask questions about regulatory compliance on Section 106, SEPA, and Governor’s Executive Order 05-05.

This training is limited by the capacity of the classroom.  The training is open to Cultural Resource Consultants and Public Agency resource reviewers.

The cost of the program is FREE!

Space is limited so for registration information contact Russell Holter, DAHP Training Coordinator at 360-586-3533 or Russell.Holter@DAHP.wa.gov.



Seattle City Light Seeks Historic Preservation Strategic Advisor

This is a permanent half‐time position to provide strategic guidance to the Division Director on educational, interpretive, and planning work for City Light projects that involve significant historic or cultural resources and compliance responsibilities. One of the first responsibilities of this position will be to lead efforts related to the restoration and use of the Georgetown Steam Plant which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a National Historic Landmark. This work will include developing improved public access to the property; coordinating existing uses of the building; establishing a community involvement process to identify and implement future uses for the building; and working with the National Park Service, volunteers, and other organizations to form an Advisory Committee to develop the future program for the facility and offer tours and exhibits. In addition, the position will assist with other related planning work in the Division as needed.

For more info see: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp


WA Trust Announces Sivinski Preservation Grant Deadline

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Announces
2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced that grant applications for the 2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund are being accepted. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 6, 2014.

Established in 1997, the program has awarded grants to 104 projects totaling over $96,000 in funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects also include services such as hiring professional expertise for the production of as-built drawings, a Historic Structures Report (HSR), or a feasibility study for the adaptive use of a historic resource. “The Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund enables preservation to happen at the local level, assisting with projects that highlight the heritage and history of communities across the state,” notes Chris Moore, Executive Director of the Washington Trust. “From boat docks to log cabins to schoolhouses, program funding reaches a unique assortment of resources that matter to Washington.”

Recently, funding from the Washington Preserves program has been awarded to assist with activities such as refurbishing original doors on the pioneer-era Bush Hotel in Index, restoring neon lighting on the marquee of the art deco Ritz Theatre in Ritzville, and roof replacement of the milk house/blacksmith shop at the Prairie House Museum in Spanaway. “With its 2015 funding cycle, the Washington Trust is renewing its focus on providing grants for projects that represent the day-to-day activities and events of our past,” said Kris Bassett, Chair of the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund. “An authentic sense of place is important for any community – this grant program reaffirms the impact historic sites have on informing our shared past.”

The next deadline for submitting grant applications is Monday, October 6, 2014. Applications submitted via email must be received by 5pm that day. If a hard copy is being sent via U.S. Mail, application materials must be postmarked no later than October 6, 2014. All application materials are available on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s website at www.preservewa.org/Washington-Preserves-Fund.aspx. For additional questions about the application and for information on donating to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, please contact Cathy Wickwire at 206-624-9449 or via email at cwickwire@preservewa.org.

Mission of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, an independent, non-profit organization, is dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. The Trust helps make local preservation work and builds an ethic that preserves Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust addresses its mission through the annual Most Endangered Historic Properties List, educational tours of its landmark headquarters, the Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle, conferences and training workshops, a quarterly members’ newsletter, a small grants fund, and action on legislation and public policy. Visit the Trust website at www.preservewa.org for more information.



Lewis County’s historic Courthouse located in downtown Chehalis is joining the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate, the County is hosting a grand party on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Come attired in period dress from the 1920s and enjoy tours and other events.  Also, admire the rehabilitation work that Lewis County has been working on to bring back the building’s architectural grandeur, taking advantage of the State’s Historic County Courthouse Preservation Grant funding. For more information visit www.lewiscounty.wa.gov or call 360-740-1120. 1633_0011633_001.



Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is saying goodbye to two great staff members this summer, Megan Duvall and Susan Goff.  Megan is following her  passion for historic preservation back to her hometown of Spokane, while Susan is retiring from State service and catch up on her many interests, including maintaining her historic farmhouse near Olympia.