Group lists Washington's 'endangered' properties - Includes Hyer
Farm in Sequim
block in Spokane.
The Washington Trust began the annual list in 1992 to call attention to and rally support for the preservation of threatened historic resources in the state. The Trust says the buildings and sites on the list are representative of the kinds of threats historic places throughout Washington face, including lack of funding, development pressures, poor planning, or neglect.
The 1907 Beaux Arts First United Methodist Church is the only historic church left standing in Seattle’s downtown commercial core. The church was recently listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of 11 Most Endangered Places.
First United Methodist has plans for a 37-story office tower, which in combination with the adjacent Rainier Club’s plans for a health club and parking spaces to be incorporated in the new building, paves the way for demolition of the historic church building.
Historic Seattle is just one of the groups that has been working
with the church to try and come up with a plan to preserve the building.
Macintosh says Historic Seattle has developed the Sacred Sites Initiative, which acknowledges both the architectural and community significance of historic religious buildings.
Because of the constitutional separation of church and state, there is very little public aid to historic churches, so Historic Seattle has done a survey of all religious Seattle buildings built before 1935, to help identify which might need help the most.
"Churches spend more on human services than themselves, so they fall apart," says Macintosh.
The plan is to provide small grants to churches to help them maintain their buildings.
Brewery was built in 1906
The entire plant is scheduled to close in July, and it's unclear whether the 1906 building will be closed, demolished, or left in its present state of disrepair and neglect. The City of Tumwater supports a public-private partnership for restoration of the Old Brewery.
Discussions continue between the city and prospective developers, and Washington Trust Executive Director Lisbeth Henning is encouraged by the City's involvement.
"We want to put sites on the list that already have some local support," she says. "Because the city is so involved I'm optimistic."
Gym is eligible for state, national registries
The Art Moderne style Shelton Gymnasium was constructed as a high school gym in 1939-40 and was used for that purpose until 1974. Although eligible for both state and national registers, the building is not listed.
The Shelton School District is working with a citizens’ task force
to determine future options for the gym and to find ways to raise
funds for its rehabilitation.
Next month, the school board will be presented with a proposal to fund a feasibility study, which would include an historic structures report, an assessment of programming needs, and an architectural and engineering analysis of the structure by consultants experienced in preservation and rehabilitation.
First United Methodist Church - Seattle
Olympia Brewery - Tumwater
Shelton Gymnasium - Shelton
Photo courtesy Wash. Trust
The Rookery, Mohawk and Merton buildings - Spokane
The Hyer Farm - Sequim
The Jefferson County Courthouse clock tower - Port Townsend
Point Hudson - Port Townsend
Old Ritzville High School - Ritzville
Five Mile Schoolhouse - Mead
Citizens can nominate properties, which are then reviewed by the preservation committee. Properties selected for the 10 Most Endangered List receive the Trust’s assistance in developing support to remove the threat of demolition or neglect.
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