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Advocacy In Action: Update on the Garden House

On February 20, the Seattle Landmark Board voted unanimously to nominate the Garden House (officially known as the Turner-Koepf House) and its grounds for preservation.  The Garden House is believed to be the first house built on Beacon Hill.  It was sold on October 10, 2018 to a private party. 
This step is only midway through the landmark designation process. The City of Seattle has supplied this handy flow chart (in which all the cartoon figures are smiling) to describe the process.

At a meeting on April 3, the Landmarks Preservation Board will review the designation and decide what will be covered.  It might be the building with its grounds, only the building, only the exterior, or only certain parts of the building.  Then, the board will vote whether to approve the nomination.

The details of the April 3 meeting have not yet been posted.  For information about the meeting and comment deadlines, please check either the list of meetings on the Landmarks Preservation Board website or the Save the Garden House website. What you can do to help is attend the meeting, send in your comments, and write the City to request a public meeting on the proposed plans to build five townhouses at the site, which would mean removing the pear orchard.


Preservation Advocacy

Want to learn how to be an effective preservation advocate? 

Historic Seattle is offering a series of three workshops designed to build your grassroots preservation advocacy toolkit.

February 23rd 10 am – noon Tools and Strategies

March 9th 10 am – noon Landmark Nomination

April 6th 10 am – noon Researching Historic Properties

Sign up for one, two, or the whole series! To learn more and register click this link –


Historic Preservation – North Bend Timber Company Building

The AKCHO board of trustees supports the restoration of a historic building which housed the offices and workshop of the North Bend Timber Company.  It is a vital reminder of the logging and railroad history of the Snoqualmie Valley.  The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum has also expressed approval of the project.

The 2,400 square foot building was located at 44711 East North Bend Way in North Bend; where it was scheduled to be torn down to make way for a new substation of the Tanner Electric Cooperative.  A group of preservationists dismantled the building in November and moved the building parts to a 2-acre property about a mile away from the original site, along the same railroad tracks. 

The owners, North Bend Art and Industry, hope to raise about $100,000 to re-assemble the building at this new location and convert it to an arts center.  They would welcome letters of support to use in fundraising.  If you would like to write a letter of support, the contact is Beth Burrows at the North Bend Theatre. Contact information is below.

North Bend Theatre

Attn: Beth Burrows

 249 Main Ave. S.

 Suite 107/#307

 North Bend, WA 98045



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“Promoting the Archive” – Greeks in Washington Project Opportunity





The Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State (Greeks in Washington) , is a “virtual museum” that has been in operation since 2009.  During that time an archive of over 700 items has been established which contains photographs, documents, artifacts, costumes and more. The archive is located at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption on Capitol Hill in Seattle.  This is probably the most extensive collection of the experience of Greek immigrants and their descendants in Washington history.  There are no immediate plans to establish a physical museum, but the purpose is to increase use of or access to the collection. Most of the items in the archive have been photographed and entered into a searchable database which can be viewed under “THE COLLECTION” on the Museum home page.  While visits to the archive are available by appointment, its use has been limited.

This project will seek to accomplish the following tasks under the title of Promoting the Archiveand can serve as a thesis or “capstone” project. 

The person selected for this project will perform one or more of the following tasks and may develop additional tasks related to the purpose. Some of the tasks are “one time” events and others may be reoccurring.
Become familiar with the items in the archive
–Prepare photographs or a video of the archival space
–Prepare a brochure for Greeks in Washington to help promote the archive
–Publicize and communicate with other museums, historical or academic organizations
–Hold fellowship hours and connected “open houses” for the archive either for the Greek community, school visitations or the public
–Prepare displays using archival material for presentations either in the Assumption community center or for “traveling exhibits” in other historic, educational or museum settings

An initial stipend is available for this project and additional funds will be obtained as the project develops.  The project may begin as early as October 2018.

CONTACT:  John Nicon, 206 325 8554 or  


Walking Washington’s History – Ten Cities

WalkingWAHistoryby Judy Bentley
University of Washington Press – 304 pp – $19.95

This book is a follow-up to Judy Bentley’s bestselling Hiking Washington’s History. It showcases the state’s engaging urban history through guided walks in ten major cities: Bellingham, Everett, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Walla Walla and Yakima. Using narrated walks, maps, and historic photographs, Bentley reveals each city’s aspirations. Bentley is an emeritus faculty at South Seattle College.



Heritage Advisor is published by the Association of King County Historical Organizations as a service to members and those who support its mission. We update our website continually throughout the month, and on the first of every month we e-mail a condensed version of Heritage Advisor to our mailing list – you can subscribe to this service by filling out the requested information in the right sidebar on this page.

AKCHO was established in 1977 to encourage cooperation among historical organizations; promote and encourage the study and preservation of the history and heritage of King County through member organizations, individual members, and the community they serve; and support such preservation efforts through public awareness and understanding of legislative issues.

The Heritage Advisor welcomes submissions of news items, calendar items, and opinion columns from AKCHO members, HA subscribers, and readers. Articles are limited to 300 words and they should have a strong relevance to historic preservation and heritage issues in King County, Washington. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. AKCHO does not pay for published submissions. All articles are subject to review by AKCHO staff. Please send your article within the body of an email (no attachments, please) to

AKCHO welcomes new members year round. Individual memberships are $25, and we have a three-tiered system for organizational memberships, with dues dependent on budget size. For more information and an application form, visit

More than 150 individuals and organizations support heritage work and historic preservation in King County, thanks to their membership in AKCHO. Please join us!




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