President Obama signs legislation to protect Green Mountain Lookout

From the Associated Press:

Members of Washington’s congressional delegation say President Obama has signed legislation protecting the popular Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

A federal judge had ordered the lookout removed after an environmental group sued.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen say the legislation is good news for an area reeling from the March 22 mudslide that killed at least 37 people in Oso.

The lookout is popular with hikers, tourists and locals in the area and has been seen as a driver of recreation and tourism.

The legislation preserves the lookout and prevents the U.S. Forest Service from removing it unless it is deemed unsafe for visitors.

It’s one of only a few surviving fire lookouts in the West.


University of Oregon’s Don Peting to Receive George McMath HP Award University of Oregon School of Architecture has announced that Professor Emeritus and long-time preservation practitioner will receive the 2014 George McMath Historic Preservation Award. The award will be presented at lunch event on May 14 at the University’s Portland Center in the White Stag Block downtown.

Don is known to many in Washington for his inexhaustible energy in support of the PNW Preservation Field School and his passion for historic preservation.  He is also a past recipient of the SHPO’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation in the Education Category.

If interested, tickets for the luncheon are $50 and can be purchased online or by calling 541-346-4363.


Modern Resources Workshop to be held in Spokane and Everett Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation along with the City of Everett is proud to bring a workshop to both sides of the state on Modern Resources. Everett, through a CLG grant, contracted with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions to plan the workshop.  Wade Broadhead from Colorado and Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll from North Carolina will join Washington state’s Architectural Historian, Michael Houser, to explore how to recognize, identify, evaluate, and apply standards to this emerging resource type. This workshop is geared toward the professional consulting community as well as historic preservation commissioners and staff.

The workshops will be held in both Spokane and Everett.  The Spokane workshop will be held on Friday, June 13th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (directions on their website and parking information ). Council Chambers are on the lower level of City Hall.  The Everett workshop will be held on Saturday, June 14th from 9 am to 3 pm in the Everett Performing Arts Center at 2710 Wetmore Avenue (for directions and parking, please see their website).

The workshop is free, but we do ask that you register online so we can get an idea of how many participants we may have in each location. You can find the registration, speaker information and a preliminary agenda on our website here.


City of Spokane Seeks Historic Preservation Officer

The City of Spokane is looking for an Historic Preservation Officer. The ideal candidate performs independent supervisory and professional work in the administration of the Landmarks Commission and Historic Preservation functions. Employee is required to independently analyze facts and to use innovation and creativity in determining the proper course of action. The purpose of this position is to provide oversight and coordinate activities of the city-county historic preservation program, including the program budget. Duties require independent judgment and action within city policies in work programming, budgeting, resource and personnel management and public policy. Requires facilitation and supervisory skills as well as technical competence in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Employee serves in the capacity of Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Spokane and Spokane County.

For full job description and application requirements, please see:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, résumé, exempt application and your responses to the supplemental questionnaire to the address listed or you may fax it to (509) 625-6379. The exempt application is located at Your résumé, cover letter, exempt application and response to the supplemental questionnaire must be received for your application to be complete.

City of Spokane Human Resources
808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, 4th floor
Spokane, WA 99201

This position will remain open until it is filled. The first review of applications will occur during the week of May 5, 2014. Applications received prior to 5:00 pm on May 2, 2014 will be included in that review.


Maritime Heritage Grants Offered

A long-dormant program that funds maritime heritage programs is getting a new lease on life thanks to an infusion of funds from the sale of obsolete government ships.

Officials at the National Park Service are preparing to accept applications from states and local governments, museums, libraries, non-profits and foundations that run maritime heritage or education projects, ranging from restoring historic ships to preserving lighthouses.

The National Maritime Heritage Grants Program will receive $7 million over four years — about $2 million per year — from the scrapping of vessels from the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. These ships are purchased for recycling and the metal is used to build new boats.

Read the rest of the article here.



Scholarship Opportunity for CLG Commissioners and Staff

The Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation will be giving $5000 worth of scholarships to the National Alliance for Preservation Commission’s Biennial Conference – Forum 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 15-20th (for more conference information, see their website here).  Forum will bring hundreds of commission members, municipal staff, and preservation professionals from across the country to Philadelphia for five days of training, networking, exploring, and fun!

We will offer a maximum of 10 – $500 scholarships, if we receive fewer applications, we will adjust the amount of the scholarships accordingly (but the minimum award will be $500). Scholarships can be used to reimburse for travel, conference fees, per diem and transportation.

*Scholarships are only available to Washington State CLG staff or commissioners in communities that are in good standing. CLGs in Washington are listed here.

Fill out a scholarship application here.

Scholarship applications are due Thursday, May 15th and winners will be announced Monday May 19th, 2014. Scholarships are awarded primarily on a first-come, first-served basis. ***Please only apply if you are committed to attending the conference – in the past we have had last minute cancellations that make it impossible for someone else to take the vacated place, so only apply if you are sure you’ll attend.

Questions? Contact Megan Duvall, Certified Local Government Coordinator at or at 360-586-3074.


“The Life and Death of the Craftsman House” – Lecture in Spokane

Monday, March 31 @ 6:30 PM
MAC Auditorium (2316 W 1st Ave, Spokane, WA)
$10 Admission

Lecture by Amy Elizabeth Uebel, MSHP, Architectural Conservator, Charleston, SC

This Old House Workshop  Presents:



Historic Gillnet Boat Restoration

Port District #2 of Wahkiakum County now has ownership of the historic gillnet boat currently stored at the fairgrounds in Skamokawa. Built at the Wilson shipyards in Astoria sometime between 1913 and 1916, it was sold to Walter Jacobsen, an Astoria resident, then eventually sold to Herman Raistakka of Rosburg.

In time it was stored at the Altoona Cannery and remained there till the cannery was not stable enough to support it. It was then moved to the Port District’s storage shed at Vista Park. In the last few years, it has been at the fairgrounds, but now plans are being developed for it to be restored and put on display at Vista Park.

In 1978, the gillnetter was officially placed on the National Historic Register. Nicholas Vann, architect from the State’s Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation, recently visited Skamokawa to see the boat. He commented that the boat is the smallest item in the State of Washington listed on the National Register.

The boat is one of five sites in the County listed on the Register. Other official historic sites listed include the Deep River Church (1974), the Grays River Covered Bridge (1971), Cathlamet’s Pioneer Church (1973), and the Skamokawa Historic District (1976).

Over the years, many have worked to restore the boat including Ed Steffens, Gilbert Vik, Kent Martin, Dean Badger, and Steve McClain.

Port District #2 plans to place the boat in a permanent structure located near the flag pole in Vista Park and develop a display so that visitors and residents alike can get near the boat and see inside. Educational signs will be developed describing the history of gillnetting on the Columbia and the importance of the historic salmon industry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Fair Board has requested that the boat be moved by August 1st so the work of preparing the boat, moving it, and setting it up will be happening over the next few months.

As funds are raised and plans made, volunteers, donors and others interested in the boat are encouraged to call Port Manager, Janet Bryan, or Kayrene Gilbertsen, Port Commissioner, at the Vista Park office at (360) 795-8605 for more information.


Fundraiser for Master Stone Carver, Keith Phillips

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Call for Papers: Society of Architectural Historians Pacific Northwest Chapter


Museums: Building Collections, Building Community


In recent years Seattle has re-purposed several important historic buildings to showcase the region’s history, arts, and culture.  Join us for an exciting conference that focuses on old and new museum spaces and collections set in the growing, vibrant city of Seattle.  This year’s theme is Museums: Building Collections, Building Community.  Please consider submitting an abstract or proposal for a paper or work-in-progress report for the 2014 annual meeting of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, to be held in Seattle, Washington, October 3-5, 2014.

Submissions for the conference may include profiles of architects, builders, city planners, and landscape architects that helped build the city, preservation case studies, or important historical trends that made the Seattle area what it is today.  These topics will be given first priority.  Other proposals addressing any aspect of the built environment from any time period or place are also welcome.  All abstracts adhering to the submission guidelines listed below will be given a fair assessment.  Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed by the SAH MDR Review Committee with a select number chosen for oral presentation.  Applicants may be offered a poster session if their abstract is not selected for oral presentation.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome to present at the conference.  Membership in the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is not required for abstract submission, although everyone chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues for the current year.

Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be no more than 500 words, and should fit onto a single-sided page.  On a separate single page, include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word paragraph biography or one-page curriculum vitae.  Abstracts are due on or before May 31, 2014, and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by June 11, 2014.  Registration fees apply.  Please indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in-progress report.  Ideally, the papers or work-in-progress reports delivered at the conference should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive and aim to make an original contribution.  Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by August 12, 2014.

Authors shall retain copyright, but shall agree that the paper will be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries.  Electronic submission of proposals is preferred.  Please email submissions as a Microsoft Word attachment with the subject heading SAH MDR Conference 2014 on or before May 31, 2014, to Phillip Mead at  If you are unable to send your submission electronically, please send it via regular mail to:

Phillip G. Mead AIA
College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
PO Box 442451
Moscow ID 83844