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.


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).


Have You “Met” Our Staff?

DAHP employees thought it might be nice for those of you who we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting in person to get to know a little bit more about us! We aren’t just a voice on the other end of the phone or an impersonal email…we’re real people too. Check out our “Meet the Staff” page on the DAHP website — it’s still a work in progress, but some staff have added a photo and a little bit of personal information for your reading pleasure.


Seattle Magazine Highlights “Historic” Road Trips for Summer

For preservationists, historians, and general summer thrill seekers, Seattle Magazine has posted their top line up of real road trips for the summer featuring the historic trip.

Full tour maps of all five historic trips developed by Artifacts Consulting, Inc. for DAHP and WSDOT can be found below on DAHP’s website under Experience History.

And for those interested in summer maritime history destinations, these tours highlight several notable maritime cities and attractions.




Wenatchee Looks to Hire Associate Planner

:     $4331 – $5318/month
:                Submit application, resume and cover letter of introduction to:

City of Wenatchee
Human Resource Department
PO Box 519 (129 South Chelan Avenue)
Wenatchee WA 98807-0519
(509) 888-6203, fax (509) 888-6201

Incomplete application packet will not be considered.

CLOSING: Open Until Filled – First Screening of Applications 7/7/14


This is a mid-level position in the Community & Economic Development Department.  The Associate Planner will work either in current or long range planning or in a capacity that includes a combination of both functions depending upon the work program of the department. Current planning work focus is in the administration and enforcement of the Wenatchee Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, and other planning related ordinances.  Long range planning work will include compliance with the Washington State Growth Management Act and other special projects as assigned.  Assignments include assisting the public in evaluating a wide range of development proposals and determining correct procedural requirements. Responsible for a variety of technical tasks in support of planning efforts.  Work involves extensive public contact.

For full description, see Wenatchee Associate Planner.


Research Award Available from SAH

The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is inviting applications for the 2014 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award.  Awards range from $500 to $2000 for research that furthers awareness and knowledge of architectural heritage in the Pacific Northwest.

Application deadline for the 2014 award is July 31, 2014.  For an application, visit the SAH MDR website here.

For information on previous award recipients, visit the SAH MDR blog.

To see the work of past recipients of the award, visit the SAH MDR blog here and here!


Washington State Library Reduces Service Hours

In-person service hours at the main Washington State Library in Tumwater will be reduced by four hours a day, effective June 16, as the service-and-research institution grapples with continuing significant budget challenges, State Librarian Rand Simmons said Monday.

The Library at 6880 Capitol Blvd. in Tumwater traditionally has been open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  But like a number of other states facing budget difficulties, the State Library faces an immediate shortfall that must be addressed through layoffs and fewer direct service hours, Simmons said.

The dedicated fund that finances Library operations now projects a potential shortfall of more than $1 million, due primarily to an unexpected slump in the number of recording fees collected by county auditors. This is on top of a $664,000 budget cut that was required at the beginning of the biennium, following a decade budget and staff reductions.

Beginning June 16, the central Library will be open daily from noon to 5 p.m. for walk-in patrons.  Chat and email help will still be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Continue reading


Falling by the Wayside: Call for 2014 Nominations

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“Big Stump” Arlington

All across the country along the nation’s highways and byways there are reminders of the heyday of the American roadside. From filling stations and tourist courts to bridges, parks, and diners, these roadside icons remind us of a time before the Interstates when the American road trip was truly an adventure and a journey of discovery of unique places to visit. Although some of these remnants of our roadside past are lovingly restored, others are endangered due to a variety of factors including new development, a lack of funds for maintenance or restoration, or a lack of knowledge and appreciation of the roadside landmark that is in our backyard. Does your community have a roadside resource that is endangered? If so, consider nominating it to the SCA’s 2014 Falling By the Wayside List.

Nominations for this year’s list are due by August 1, 2014. Help spread the word, and do your part to raise awareness of the fragile nature of the country’s roadside resources.

To read more, click here to visit the main Falling by the Wayside page.

To nominate a place, click here to download and complete our nomination form!


Public Meeting Planned on Future of Northern State Hospital

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The State of Washington has engaged with Skagit County agencies and leaders to transition the former Northern State Hospital campus to local ownership and development. The campus is a historic district listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Local interest groups led by the Port of Skagit County have scheduled a public meeting on Thursday June 5th to discuss the future of the property.


Cultural Resource Protection Summit

Broadcast Highlights: Book your room by this Thursday, May 1! Our hotel room block will be released this Thursday, May 1, so be sure to book your room at the Clearwater Casino & Resort by calling 1-866-609-8700.  Reference "The Cultural Resource Summit" for our group rate. Special Announcement:  Lunch Keynote by Johnpaul Jones of Jones & Jones Architects During lunch on Day 2 (Thursday, May 22), join us for the very popular – not to mention delicious! – Summit Pizza Party catered by Bella Luna Pizzeria located just across the way in downtown Suquamish.  Enjoy a slice (or two or three) while learning about the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal design from the architect himself.  Johnpaul Jones (Cherokee/Choctaw), founding partner of Jones & Jones Architects, also served as the lead design consultant for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.


Dispute Resolution Basics for a CRM Context - On the morning of Day 2 (Thursday, May 22), join us for a “mini-training” on dispute resolution basics presented by the Kitsap County Dispute Resolution Center.  Then, in the afternoon, work with your fellow attendees to apply what you learned in a facilitated small-group exercise on creative mitigation.  Leave with new tools you can apply to the real-world situations you encounter during your workday.

OPENING KEYNOTE BY MATIKA WILBUR OF PROJECT 562: Matika Wilbur, Swinomish/Tulalip photographer, will discuss her work-in-progress: a new collection of images of contemporary American Indians from all 562 federally-recognized tribes in the United States.  Learn more about Matika and Project 562 at   SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION ON 2014 SEPA RULE CHANGES: Join State Senator John McCoy (D-38th), the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (invited), and participants in the SEPA rule making process for a discussion of recent rule changes as they relate to cultural resource policies and practices.  Find out how the new rules will shape cultural resource protection in Washington State and discuss the possibility of further improvements.

The 2014 Cultural Resource Protection Summit marks the seventh 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. This year, the Summit agenda will encourage attendees to examine the challenges of bridging the gap between policy and practice that often emerges as we move from paper to protection.  Keynotes, panels, and interactive sessions will address a variety of topics and case studies, including recent SEPA rule changes, local/tribal permitting, curation, dispute resolution, and creative mitigation. 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 bridging the gaps of cultural resource protection and sharing the important stories our resources tell. For full conference information, please see their website.