Article Date: June 30th, 2010
Last month, we told you that American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation had awarded $125,000 each to the Schooner Adventuress and Town Hall as the top two vote-getters in the Seattle-Puget Sound Partners in Preservation initiative. This month, nine additional historic sites were named as recipients of sizable grants. In King County, those winners include:
Â· Washington Hall, Seattle: $90,000 to install new electrical service to allow the safe operation of the theater.
Â· Japanese Cultural & Community Center, Seattle: $75,000 to rehabilitate the Center’s primary faÃ§ades, including siding, windows and entry porticos.
Â· Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks, Kent: $70,000 to restore the Earthworks’ sculptural landscape elements to their original design.
Â· University Heights Community Center, Seattle: $60,000 to repair the Community Center’s deteriorated historic wood windows.
Â· Chapel Car 5 “Messenger of Peace,” Snoqualmie: $50,000 to rehabilitate Chapel Car 5′s deteriorated structural components, replace missing windows and seating, and restore damaged interior appointments.
In Pierce County, the Orting Soldiers Home-Garfield Hall received $70,000 to restore Garfield Hall’s elegant but seriously deteriorated portico. And on Whidbey Island, Ferry House at Ebey’s Landing was awarded $65,000 to reconstruct the Ferry House’s front porch and provide seismic and structural improvements.
The remaining 14 sites participating in the initiative were granted $5,000 each in preservation funding. These grant recipients include: The 5th Avenue Theatre, King Street Station, Kirkland Arts Center, the Horiuchi Mural at Seattle Center, Naval Reserve Armory (soon to become MOHAI’s new home), Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Building, Arthur Foss tugboat, Keewaydin Clubhouse, and the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory on the University of Washington campus. Sites outside of King County included Tacoma’s Spanish Steps and Titlow Park Lodge, the Anderson Island Historical Society, and the Bowman Bay kitchen shelter at Deception Pass State Park.
Seattle-Puget Sound was the fifth region to host the Partners in Preservation program and receive funding from American Express. The program previously supported preservation projects in the Greater Boston area, San Francisco, Chicago and New Orleans.