City of Bothell Historic Preservation Consultant Recruitment

The City of Bothell seeks a part-time Historic Preservation consultant on contract to the City to provide staff assistance to the City’s Landmark Preservation Board.  This is a 10 hour-per-week consultant position with compensation paid at the rate of $32.34 per hour.  The position requires the successful candidate to staff the Board’s official monthly meeting on the fourth Tuesday evening of each month (except for August, when the Board is in recess).

The position reports to the Planning Manager in the Department of Community Development.  The successful candidate should, at minimum, have a Bachelor’s degree in historic preservation or a closely related field and at least two years of commensurate experience.

Knowledge and skills required include: knowledge of historic preservation practices and programs; knowledge of architectural styles and periods; excellent speaking and writing skills; knowledge and experience of working with Boards or Commissions; knowledge and experience running meetings, including taking minutes; knowledge and experience with word processing and database programs (Microsoft Word and Access).  Typical duties performed include: scheduling, organizing and running meetings; performing research and analysis of historic data;  review of demolition permit applications for historic significance; update and maintenance of the City’s Historic Resources Inventory;  researching and producing local/state/national register nominations;  compiling and applying for grants;  writing brochures or interpretive information;  working with diverse interest groups and individuals; and other related duties as assigned.

Interested persons should submit a cover letter and resume no later than 5 p.m. on August 22, 2014 to: The Planning Manager, Department of Community Development, 9654 NE 182nd Street, Bothell, WA 98011. Questions can be directed to: gary.hasseler@ci.bothell.wa.us.

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NPS to Transfer all National Register Files to the National Archives and Records Administration

The National Park Service will be relocating all of the original paper “legacy” records that form the nation’s National Register and National Historic Landmark Collection as it has evolved from 1966 to 2012. These records will be transferred from their current, leased storage facility in Washington, DC to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Federal Records Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Once relocated, the records will be stored by NARA in perpetuity in accordance with Federal archival standards and conditions. The transferred records will include all materials in a given NR or NHL file — copies of the texts for all nominations and determination of eligibility files, original copies of all related photographs, maps, and correspondence related to each property listed prior to December 31, 2012.

There will be a “blackout” period from August 19 through October 3, 2014 while the files are being transferred, however, most records are available digitally from the NPS.

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Tacoma Historical Society to Open New Exhibit

“Be Our Guest: Tacoma Hotel 1884-1935”

WHAT:  Tacoma Historical Society will open the “Be Our Guest” exhibit recalling the grandeur of the former Tacoma Hotel, its colorful cast of characters, and its unfortunate loss in a 1935 fire.

WHEN:  Exhibit Opening Reception: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm

(Other events in conjunction with the exhibit listed below.)

WHERE: Tacoma Historical Society Museum, 919 Pacific Avenue in the historic Provident Building

DURATION: The exhibit will open August 8, 2014 and run through November 29, 2014.

 Admission is free; donations are welcomed

Mention the oldest hotel in Tacoma’s rich past and some would think of Stadium High School – built originally as a hotel in the 1890s. But it was a decade earlier, when the distinctly beautiful Tacoma Hotel, designed by noted architect Stanford White, first received guests.  Occupying an entire city block on A Street, between South 9th and 10thStreets, the hotel and grounds quickly gained a reputation as the grandest hotel north of San Francisco. After a spectacular fire destroyed the hotel in 1935, the site was paved and used for parking.  A half century later, George and Jane Russell constructed a custom granite building on the site. Today it is occupied by State Farm Insurance, which partially funded this exhibit.

“Tacoma Historical Society is recognizing one of Tacoma’s lost landmarks,” said Bill Baarsma, Tacoma Historical Society president. “Built in 1884 when Tacoma was booming, the great Tacoma Hotel announced that Tacoma had become a destination. Over its fifty-year history, the Tacoma Hotel provided lodging for an array of famous visitors – Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Sarah Bernhardt, a succession of U.S. presidents, and athletes from Babe Ruth to the entire USC Trojan football team.”

“The exhibit will include not only fascinating artifacts on loan from private collectors, but historic post cards and images from within our collection of Tacoma Historical Society,” said curator Deb Freedman.  “The exhibit will present a fitting tribute to the hotel’s ill-fated pet bear, Jack, and the history of the neighboring totem pole.”

Tacoma Historical Society is hosting a creative calendar of events in conjunction with the exhibit:

“Be Our Guest” Tacoma Hotel Exhibit Events: Continue reading

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Public-Private Proposal Aimed at Preserving Saint Edward Seminary

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Kenmore to work with State Parks, Bastyr University and Daniels Real Estate to restore iconic building

The City of Kenmore announced this week to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission its intention to work with State Parks to support the efforts of Daniels Real Estate to preserve, rehabilitate and activate the former Saint Edward Seminary building. The State Parks Commission discussed the project with City representatives at a July 23 work session in Bellingham. The iconic building which is on the National Register of Historic Places is located at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore and has been largely vacant since 1976.

In response to the Washington State Parks Commission’s Resolution in 2013, which directed state parks staff to explore partnerships with other public and private sector entities to rehabilitate and preserve the building, the City of Kenmore is proposing to play an active role with State Parks to ensure a long-term lease to rehabilitate and reuse the building. This could include the formation of a Public Development Authority. A similar agreement was formed in 2013 when the Washington State Parks Commission approved a lease with a Public Development Authority chartered by the City of Port Townsend for a portion of Fort Worden State Park in Jefferson County.

Seattle-based developer Daniels Real Estate has stepped forward with an interest in rehabilitating the building to its former use and grandeur. Daniels Real Estate is also in early conversations with Bastyr University to discuss potential ways the school might be involved. Bastyr, whose main campus is surrounded by Saint Edward State Park, is Kenmore’s largest employer. The Bastyr University Board of Trustees recently authorized university administrators to request a business plan from Daniels Real Estate for review as Daniels develops a proposal for the restoration of the historic seminary building.

“We’re greatly encouraged about the City of Kenmore’s interest in the historic seminary building at Saint Edward State Park,” said Cindy Whaley, State Parks Commission chair. “We look forward to continuing the discussion and working closely with the City to explore an appropriate solution for the building. We want to ensure that any future resolution is in keeping with the State Parks mission and preserves the significant natural and historical features of this park.”

Kevin Daniels, President of Daniels Real Estate, is a trustee for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a local real estate investor well known for high-profile projects that focus on community revitalization and adaptive reuse of historic structures. In Seattle, Daniels’ portfolio includes the adaptive reuse of the downtown Sears & Roebuck store, now the headquarters for Starbucks and the largest certified LEED building in the U.S. His portfolio also includes restoration of Union Station, now headquarters for Sound Transit and preservation of the First United Methodist Church, part of Daniel’s Fifth + Columbia Tower.

The 300+ acres of Saint Edward State Park includes undeveloped Lake Washington waterfront, forest and trails, and will likely remain in the stewardship of the Washington State Parks system. Though the exact parameters for the potential lease area have yet to be determined, it would be proximate to the seminary and adjacent buildings. As is typical for rehabilitation of significant historic structures, some space in the seminary would likely be set aside for public access and interpretive areas.

“Saving the historic seminary building in a way that promotes sustainability and environmental values while enhancing the local economy is a huge opportunity for the City, and we are ready to be a helpful partner in this effort,” said Mayor David Baker. “The team that has stepped forward is truly high caliber, with strong community ties as well as national prominence.”

In this scenario, the end product would be the rehabilitation of the seminary to its original use as classroom and student residential space— two uses that are needed by Bastyr University and are included in the University’s Master Plan that was approved by the City of Kenmore in 2009. Bastyr University moved its main campus to its current location in 1996 through the purchase of the 51-acre campus that was originally Saint Thomas Seminary, from the Seattle Archdiocese in 2005.

Instead of constructing new buildings and expanding the physical footprint on the Bastyr campus that is essentially surrounded by the state park, the 80,000-square-foot Saint Edward Seminary building would serve as a new university building. As an example of smart land use practices and sustainability, this project would preserve open space and natural features while breathing life back into an existing and historic structure.

“While this is still in the exploratory phase,” said Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD, “if the project moves ahead, we welcome the opportunity to see how we might collaborate in preserving this historic resource under the guidance of Daniels Real Estate, a firm with a proven track record of success in local restoration projects.”

“Our team is looking forward to working with the State Parks, City of Kenmore and Bastyr University to find a solution to restore the Saint Edward Seminary building to its former glory while providing the University with much needed classrooms and living spaces for their students,” said Kevin Daniels, president of Daniels Real Estate.

Kenmore City Manager Rob Karlinsey emphasized that, “broadly based public input and discussion will be an essential part of this journey, because this Park and seminary buildings are so important across our entire community and region.”

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Historic Seattle Seeks Bookkeeper

Historic Seattle is looking for a new Bookkeeper. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact us. The job announcement is listed below and also posted on our website at http://www.historicseattle.org/about/jobopp.aspx.

Deadline to apply is Friday, August 8, 2014.

It is a full-time position (40 hours per week, non-exempt).  Eligible for medical and dental coverage, long-term disability insurance and retirement contribution in addition to holiday, vacation and sick days

Position Summary:

The Historic Seattle Bookkeeper is responsible for verifying and entering into the financial records the details of the organization’s financial transactions, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, and standard monthly general journal entries.  In addition, the Bookkeeper is responsible for reconciliation of general ledger accounts to sub-ledger detail, and reconciliation of bank accounts.  The Bookkeeper will close the books monthly and provide monthly management reporting to staff.  In addition, the Bookkeeper will assist the Contract CFO with annual budgeting and annual audit preparation.  This is a full-charge bookkeeper position.  The organization includes three discrete entities, including one limited liability company.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Income and Accounts Receivable – Process and record invoices and receipts of monthly lease and rentals, memberships and events, fees, contributions and grants.  Prepare weekly bank deposits.  Monitor accounts receivable balances and prepare relevant monthly reports.  Monitor and record scheduled tenant rent increases as appropriate.
  1. Accounts Payable – Process and record invoices received for organizational operating and capital expenses.  Prepare checks for payment, aging payables appropriately.  Reconcile credit card statements.
  1.  Payroll – Collect and process timesheets and other payroll and benefits status change documents. Prepare semi-monthly payroll for outside provider of payroll service.  Make payroll related tax and benefit payments.  Record payroll activity in the general ledger.  Maintain paid time off accruals and balances. Ensure appropriate documentation is maintained for payroll and personnel records.  Hold sensitive payroll information confidential.
  1. General Ledger Accounting – prepare standard entries for posting to the general ledger on a timely and accurate basis including payroll activity, interest accruals and monthly trial balance data from outside property management company.
  1. Reporting – Prepare timely and accurate monthly reports to management staff, and quarterly and annual reports to outside entities as assigned.  This includes governmental reporting, tax filings and annual corporate renewals.
  1. Reconciliation – Reconcile general ledger accounts to sub-ledger detail including ADP, eTapestry, real estate development spreadsheets, short-term rental databases, rent rolls, operating statements from outside property management company, merchant services and bank accounts.
  1. Budgeting – Assist the Contract CFO with the annual budgeting process as needed.
  1. Audit Preparation – Assist Contract CFO with preparation for annual public and private audits.
  1. Cross training and Backup – Ensure other administrative staff are trained to provide backup to critical bookkeeping functions as necessary to meet critical deadlines in an accurate and timely fashion.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Performance Standards:

This position requires the incumbent to perform duties and tasks in a consistently accurate and timely fashion.  It requires independent thought and decision-making skills.  The incumbent will be privy to personnel information and must maintain strict confidentiality.  Organizational events and activities may require evening or weekend hours from time to time.

Qualifications:

  1. Three or more years of full-charge bookkeeping experience using QuickBooks
  2. Associate degree in accounting or commensurate experience
  3. Demonstrated strong proficiency with Excel
  4. Demonstrated proficiency with Windows and Microsoft Outlook and Word
  5. Demonstrated accuracy and detail orientation
  6. Ability to work under pressure and meet required deadlines
  7. Time management skills and the ability to prioritize competing duties and tasks
  8. Ability to communicate clearly and professionally in both verbal and written form
  9. Ability to work independently, yet collaboratively, in a team environment
  10. Experience working with non-profit organizations and restricted funds preferred

Compensation:  Rate for this position is $20.00 – $22.00 per hour.

Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position in PDF format to Brooke Best, Office Manager with Historic Seattle at info@historicseattle.org.  No phone calls, please.  If we contact you for an interview, you will be asked to provide at least three professional references and undergo a background check.

Historic Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

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Wanted: Historic Sites or Landmarks in King County

By Guest Blogger Christina DePaolo

Staci Bernstein, If These Walls Could Talk © 2012 Becka Brebner Photography

Staci Bernstein, If These Walls Could Talk © 2012 Becka Brebner Photography

Starting with a playwright who thought a local IKEA showroom would be a great place to stage a play, 4Culture has been supporting works of art produced in unexpected places through the Site Specific grant program since 2005. In 2013 the program changed focus, funding projects that interpret and explore the significance of a historic King County site or landmark.

Imagine walking into Neeley Mansion, a 1894 Victorian classic revival farmhouse located in Auburn, and experiencing If These Walls Could Talk, a performance and series of short films that tell the stories of five families that lived in the mansion. What would you learn about the Mansion? How would experiencing the stories of those who lived there make you feel? What would you understand about our region? This is Historic Site Specific.

The current iteration represents a unique effort by Arts, Heritage, and Preservation funding staff, shaping a program that supports artists working collaboratively with historic sites around King County, to engage historic sites and illuminate their story. For the 2014 program, we are currently looking for historic sites to participate in the program by joining the roster. Sites on the roster are featured on our website and can be contacted by artists who are interested in working with them on a project. If the artist’s proposal is funded, sites collaborate further with them through the execution of their project.

The deadline to apply for inclusion in the Roster of historic Sites is September 12, 2014. Artists/Sites will be submitting their final proposals by October 8, 2014. We at 4Culture want to build a robust and diverse roster, and encourage all King County historic sites and landmarks to apply.

Benefits of inclusion include increasing community engagement and visibility as well as access to new audiences. This is an opportunity to be a part of a unique and innovate partnership with 4Culture and King County artists. For criteria and to apply, visit sitespecificarts.org. Please contact Charlie Rathbun at 206.296.8675 with questions.

About the author: Christina DePaolo works in the communications department supporting initiatives and programs at 4Culture, King County’s arts and culture funding agency. 

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History of Tacoma Free Trivia Night

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Here’s your chance to impress your friends and neighbors with outrageous Tacoma trivia, sponsored by the City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission & the Tacoma Historical Society.

History of Tacoma Free Trivia Night

When: Aug 8 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: The Forum, 815 Pacific Ave

  • Tacoma History Pub Quiz & Prizes!
  • History-Themed Eats & Drinks!
  • Wear Period Costumes for Door Prizes!
  • Tacoma’s Colorful Past Shared by Dr. Bill Baarsma, former Tacoma Mayor!

Special thanks to The Forum.

Questions? Contact Lauren Hoogkamer at lhoogkamer@cityoftacoma.org.

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DAHP Welcomes New Assistant State Physical Anthropologist

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The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is pleased to announce an addition to its staff.  Juliette Vogel was hired earlier this month into the DAHP’s temporary one year position of Assistant State Physical Anthropologist.  Juliette will be working closely with Dr. Guy L. Tasa on non-forensic human remains issues from throughout the state.  A native of North Carolina, Juliette received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. Having developed research interests in physical anthropology, Juliette attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and in 2007 completed a Master’s thesis on the biocultural implications of disease in a protohistoric Native American community in Tennessee. Throughout her academic and professional career, Juliette has worked on a variety of Cultural Resource Management projects in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arizona. Her primary research interests include health and disease in Native American populations, epidemiology, and mortuary archaeology.

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Downtown Olympia Association to Hire Executive Director

The Olympia Downtown Association (ODA) is a non-profit organization. The ODA’s mission is to preserve, promote and enhance the downtown Olympia Community.

The ODA is one of thirteen Main Street® programs in Washington State. The Main Street® approach provides a flexible framework that puts the traditional assets for downtown, such as unique architecture and locally owned businesses, to work as a catalyst for economic growth and community pride.

The ODA is a small budget organization that is mainly driven by volunteers and financial support by small businesses. A candidate who recognizes this position, as an opportunity to learn and network with an important segment of Thurston County businesses and cultural groups will best fit the needs and culture of the ODA.

Job Knowledge and Skills Required

The executive director should have education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: architecture, historic preservation, economics, finance, fund raising, public relations, design, journalism, planning, business administration and/or small business development. The executive director must understand the issues confronting downtown business people, property owners, public agencies and community organizations. The executive director must be entrepreneurial, energetic, imaginative, well organized and capable of functioning effectively in an independent situation. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential. The Executive Director reports to a 15-member board of directors. The ODA currently has two full-time support staff so supervisory skills are essential. Budget and accounting knowledge of QuickBooks are highly desirable.

For full position and application information, please see this link.

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Seattle Theatre Group Hiring Director of Historic Facilities Capital Program

Moore Theatre, Seattle

Moore Theatre, Seattle

Position Summary

The Director will oversee Seattle Theatre Group’s (STG) Historic Facilities Capital Program. This is a new program and position, to be launched in 2014. The Historic Facilities Capital Program will have two main areas of focus: to preserve the historic character of the three prestigious venues under the care of Seattle Theatre Group (Neptune, Moore and Paramount Theatres) and to provide for the capital needs of the properties as they relate to STG’s on-going business of presenting performing arts.

For full information, please see this document: Director of Historic Facilities Capital Program (HFCP).

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