Notice of Public Hearing

The City of Issaquah has posted a Notice of Public Hearing Appeal of SEPA MDNS Decision for 10:00 am on May 31, 2017 in the Issaquah City Council Chambers. Click on the link above to see the full notice for more information about the demolition application and public hearing.

The campus of the former Providence Heights Academy has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is also on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Most Endangered List.



Soaring new home prices got you down? Looking for something with early 20th century charm and history? Check out this 1920s Renton Craftsman gem: being offered by Seattle’s Nickel Brothers house movers.

Determined to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, this remarkably intact residence has many attractive features and is loaded with history. Unfortunately, the home must be removed from its by July 1 or faces demolition to accommodate affordable housing.  Check out the website and make an offer today.


Vernacular Architecture Forum – New Cascadia Chapter

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your (vernacular) engines!

Announcing a new start-up in the Pacific Northwest: the Cascadia Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF)!  The VAF is the national home of vernacular architecture studies, now celebrating its 38th year, with an annual conference, respected academic journal and other publications, and a great network of like-minded building enthusiasts.

We’re ready to form the organization’s second regional chapter here in Oregon and Washington to help us study and enjoy the great common buildings and landscapes of our wet and wonderful homeland!  We hope to hold tours, paper sessions, and maybe even a fiddle dance to explore the amazing ordinary buildings and landscapes around us.

We’ll be gathering a few hardy souls on Tuesday, June 6 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in both Eugene and Portland (by video link) to chat about barns, box houses, and bargeboards, and to get organized (in that loose VAF way) for tours, lectures, and other events that celebrate our vernacular heritage.  Many of us will just be returning from this year’s VAF conference in Salt Lake City, so we’ll be full of ideas – join us on June 6 to consider the possibilities!

Contact Jim Buckley ( or Chris Bell ( for more info, and go to to learn more about the VAF.

NOTE: If you can’t make the meeting and want to stay informed about the new VAF Chapter, please contact one of us at the email addresses listed above to stay on our mailing list!

DOUBLE NOTE: Pass this on to friends who might be interested – everyone is welcome!———————————————————

WHERE:         Portland: White Stag Building 4th Floor Rear (Historic Preservation Studio)

Eugene: Lawrence Hall (room tbd)

Simultaneous Meeting via latest modern video technology!

WHEN:           Tuesday, May 6, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

WHAT:            Discussion and introductions accompanied by delicious hors d’oeuvres

WHY:              To get us into the vernacular landscape!!


SAH MDR Conference Program Available

The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historian’s 2017 conference program has been completed!  Links to the program and registration information are below.  This year’s conference will be in Victoria, BC.  Inspired by a variety of anniversary celebrations being held in Canada, the conference theme is “Commemorations.”  The conference will begin with a walking tour on Friday, June 16, and end with a boat tour on Sunday, June 18.  In between will be a reception, more touring, a banquet, and of course, paper presentations.  All is described in the conference program.

The key dates are as follows:

May 30, 2017 – Registration deadline without a late fee
June 10, 2017 – Deadline for off-site registration
June 16-18, 2017 – Conference in Victoria

Updates and further conference information can be found on the SAH MDR website at:

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


DAHP Academy – Historic Property Inventory

Date: Tuesday May 23, 2017
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Location: LOTT Clean Water Alliance Board Room, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia

This free 3 hour training session will cover content and process for the Wisaard Historic Property Inventory Form. Speakers will be Michael Houser and Kim Gant. This session is limited to 40 participants. A registration form must be completed for each participant. This session is appropriate for those who routinely complete full inventory forms. This is not geared to EZ-2 users.

LOTT has limited free parking, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Meeting attendees should come prepared with change for street parking meters.

Registration is REQUIRED.


Questions? Please contact Kim Gant at or 360-586-3074.




Dr. Allyson Brooks, State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) announced the 2017 award winners for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation. Each year the SHPO, who also serves as the Director of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), recognizes persons, organizations, and projects that achieved distinction in the field of historic preservation in the following categories: Historic Preservation Stewardship, Career Achievement, Historic Preservation Education, Outstanding Rehabilitation, and Special Achievement.

 The 2017 contingent of winners comes from Clark, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, and San Juan Counties. In addition, five tribes and several individuals will be celebrated for their dedication to achieve the repatriation of the Ancient One, also known as the Kennewick Man. The five tribes to be recognized in the Preservation Stewardship category are: Colville, Nez Perce, Umatilla, Wanapum, and the Yakama Nation.

Award winners in each category are:

Preservation Stewardship

The SHPO is honoring the five claimant tribes with a Preservation Stewardship award for the successful repatriation of the Ancient One. Their stewardship of the Ancient One is reflected by their unwavering efforts over a 20 year timespan to bring his remains back home. The five tribes being honored are: Colville Confederated Tribes, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Nez Perce Tribe, and the Wanapum Band Tribe.

In addition to the tribes, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse, and U.S. Representative Denny Heck were each presented with a Preservation Stewardship award.

The SHPO is also presenting a special Preservation Hero award to the following individuals who demonstrated unwavering commitment to achieving the repatriation of the Ancient One: Washington State Senator John McCoy; Leonard Forsman, Chairman of the Squamish Tribe and Vice-Chairman of the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; and Chris Moore of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; and Tim Thompson, Consultant.

Washington Hall, located in Seattle’s Central District, is also a recipient of the Preservation Stewardship award. The public development entity Historic Seattle brought the building back from the brink of decay and demolition. As a vibrant community center and social hub for many of the city’s immigrant groups, the building has been the scene of innumerable events and performances. However, shifting demographics and social trends left the center’s future in doubt until it was purchased by Historic Seattle in 2009. Working with a broad range of neighborhood and local organizations, Historic Seattle preserved Washington Hall and returned it to its glory days as a neighborhood center of arts and culture.

Career Achievement

Dr. Ken Ames of Portland is honored in the Career Achievement category for his contributions to Washington archaeology at both the state and regional level. He was one of the pioneers of the study of native Northwest Coast Societies. He authored and co-authored multiple books and articles on archaeology in Washington and the Northwest Coast. His work spanned over 30 years conducting fieldwork on the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in Washington and also along the Lower Columbia River, most notably for his work at the Cathlapotle village site near present-day Ridgefield, Washington.  Most recently Dr. Ames worked as a principal investigator at the Bear Creek Site, a significant late Pleistocene-Holocene Era site in Redmond, Washington.

 Preservation Education

In the education category, the award winners are five students from Lopez Island Middle School and teacher Anthony Rovente for developing “Project WA: Connecting History and Place,” an innovative approach to teaching history using smartphones. In 2016, the students in Rovente’s Northwest History Class researched and documented the people, places, and events they viewed as the most interesting and personally meaningful in Washington State history with a focus on historic places that are endangered. Working closely with communications and marketing consultant Tim Fry, the students designed and developed content for the mobile app called Washington State Insider, followed by a road trip and a blog.

Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation – The Valerie Sivinski Award

Each year the SHPO recognizes achievement in historic preservation through outstanding rehabilitations of historic buildings and structures. The awards in this category are named in honor of the late Tacoma architect Valerie Sivinski.

The first of three Valerie Sivinski awards goes to the Elks Building in Ellensburg. Built in 1923, the Elks Building has been a cornerstone of the Downtown Ellensburg Historic District. When the Elks gave up their charter in 2004, the building was sold and it entered a long state of neglect and disrepair. A target for demolition at one point, the Elks was rescued by Wenatchee developer Rory Turner. Turner returned this historic gem back to prominence by a meticulous rehabilitation. The property is now home to two restaurants, commercial and non-profit office space, and an event center in the beautifully restored ceremonial lodge room. An adjacent boutique hotel is currently being planned to complement the Elks as further evidence of Downtown Ellensburg’s resurgence.

The second award in this category goes to the Double Infantry Barracks Building 987 at the Vancouver National Historic Reserve at Fort Vancouver. The National Park Service successfully rehabilitated the hundred-year-old structure. Before the rehab, Building 987 had asbestos and lead paint issues as well as an array of maintenance and structural problems. The $11 million project revitalized the building with new tin ceiling tiles, newly painted interior and exterior, stripped and repainted porch columns, and resurfaced and sanded original wood floors. Building 987 is one of the signature structures along the Reserve’s iconic Barracks Row and Parade Ground and recently opened as headquarter office space for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The third 2017 Valerie Sivinski award goes to the fully-rehabilitated Publix Hotel located in Seattle’s historic Chinatown/International District for 90 years. Built in 1927 as a working-class, single-room occupancy hotel, the Publix provided modest, inexpensive housing to a large clientele of immigrant workers from China, Japan, and the Philippines. The Uwajimaya family purchased the hotel in 1990 and continued to provide affordable housing for low-income residents until the building was closed in 2003. Beginning in 2014, the family initiated a complete rehabilitation of the building. Work included restoration of the hotel’s ground floor retail spaces and brightened the 60 affordable apartments with modern amenities as well as a rooftop garden and an entertainment space.

 Special Achievement

Marion (Mick) Hersey of Bremerton will be honored for his volunteer work across Western Washington in cleaning and restoring historic site markers, grave stones, cemeteries, as well as military commemorative markers and artifacts. Without hesitation, he devotes hours of personal time after his full-time job, on weekends, and vacation, to repair markers and gravesites that have been damaged, vandalized, or forgotten to memory. A U.S. Veteran, Mick is a role model of selfless public service, devoted to preserving these reminders of Washington history and historic sites.


The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation seeks a Tribal Archaeologist

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation seeks a Tribal Archaeologist.

The intent of this position is to fill the Tribal Archaeologist position with a focus for projects On-Reservation. The position entails office and field work.  Incumbent will prepare scopes of work and budgets for projects, and conduct archaeological fieldwork (i.e., survey/inventory, evaluative testing, mitigation, and treatment activities) on a project-by-project basis.  Incumbent is expected to have experience in all phases of archaeological projects and understand site recording, mapping, photography, and site interpretations. Experience using GPS and GIS technology, graphic programs, and either lithic analysis or historic-era artifact analysis is preferred.  The ability to identify human remains (as opposed to faunal remains) is preferred.  Incumbent will document archaeological sites, preparation of all field forms, screening for artifacts during projects, and post-field artifact processing.  The incumbent will prepare reports following the end of fieldwork. Incumbent will serve as a Field Director or Crew Chief on specific projects. Incumbent will review Section 106 compliance letter and documents.  Required to supervise or assist in training less experience staff in field methodologies.  Act as a liaison with BIA, Fire Management, planning teams and other tribal departments.

Please refer to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Tribal Jobs webpage for additional information and application instructions:

Please scroll down to the position entitled “Archaeologist Senior” and click. Then just click on the green “Apply Now” button to get started.



DAHP is saddened to report the passing of Donovan Gray, 68, a former DAHP colleague and ardent supporter of the arts and historic preservation. According to today’s post, Donovan died from injuries suffered after a crash on Thursday near Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Born in Seattle, Washingtonians will remember Donovan for his long time passion and support for the arts. He later came to be equally devoted to historic preservation with a special passion for historic railroads, leading successful efforts with the Cascade Rail Foundation and WA State Parks to save and rehabilitate the historic depot in South Cle Elum. Before moving to Maine, Donovan worked for DAHP in the early 2000s in reviewing historic rehabilitation work on the State Capitol Campus following the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake.

Our sincere condolences to Donovan’s many friends and family.


Wisaard Updates

Hi All,

As most of you know we rolled out some small Wisaard improvements a week ago. That same day was the start of my vacation so I did not have time to fill you all in on what changed. So here is the scoop.

  1. There were previously problems with the printing of the archaeology site form. Sometimes it would not print, sometimes it printed and didn’t print all of the data. We hope those things are repaired now.
  2. Existing Archaeology Sites are no longer being hidden from the Archaeology category on Search when being updated.
  3. Reinforced read-only privileges have been added to the Archaeology Inventory forms.
  4. A delete button has been added to the Archaeological Inventory form for “new” inventories and updates to existing sites. Please use this sparingly and only on data that you have authored.
  5. The Historic Property Inventory form now has a Print button. Right on the form. YAY!  Look for it in the upper right hand corner of the form. It is next to Delete, so don’t hit the wrong button by accident.  Deleted data is not recoverable.
  6. The printed Historic Property Inventory form has been reformatted a little so there is less blank space and  it is easier to read. The photos  will be cropped upon printing because we had an issue with file size. The PDF’s are created on the fly and they were coming out too large. This presented a problem for users because the files were difficult to email.  So the compromise for now is cropped photos. The full size photos are still view-able in Wisaard of course. This is hopefully a temporary fix to one problem and we will continue to work on it.
  7. With every rollout there will be bugs that need to be worked out. If you experience any error messages or functions that do not appear to be working, please let us know. We count on our users to help us identify them.

Thank you for your patience!




UPDATE: WISAARD Back and Operational

Good news! Planned maintenance work on WISAARD scheduled for all day on Friday March 31, has finished up early and the system is back on-line.

We hope the shortened maintenance time frame will minimize any inconvenience to our customers. Thank you for your patience.