[Loscho_Enews] Nominations for most endangered historic properties

Snocoheritage snocoheritage at gmail.com
Tue Nov 19 20:14:35 PST 2013

*FOR RELEASE:* *CONTACT:* Cathy Wickwire

November 19, 2013 206-624-9449

*cwickwire at preservewa.org* <cwickwire at preservewa.org>

*Washington Trust Announces a Call for Nominations to the 2014 Most
Endangered Historic Properties List *

*Seattle, Washington*: The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is
seeking nominations to its 2014 Most Endangered Historic Properties List.
Nomination forms may be obtained through the Trust’s website at
*www.preservewa.org* <http://www.preservewa.org/>.

Washingtonians enjoy a diverse collection of historic and cultural
resources found throughout the state. Historic buildings and sites
significantly contribute to the heritage and vitality of Washington while
enhancing the quality of life in small towns, large cities and across rural
areas. Yet each day, these resources face a variety of challenges,
including lack of funding, deferred maintenance, neglect, incompatible
development, and demolition. Inclusion in the Most Endangered List is an
important initial step in highlighting these threats and bringing attention
to those historic resources most in need.

Historic properties selected for the Most Endangered list receive advocacy
support and assistance from the Washington Trust. While the focus is to
remove the immediate threat facing historic properties, raising awareness
of preservation issues in general remains a programmatic goal. Through
proactive partnering with local organizations and concerned citizens, the
Washington Trust’s Most Endangered List program has resulted in many high
profile success stories across Washington since its establishment in 1992.

Past case studies demonstrate the effectiveness of inclusion in our Most
Endangered List. The *Battelle/Talaris Campus* in Seattle’s Laurelhurst
neighborhood represents such an example. Redevelopment plans called for
demolition of campus buildings and the associated historic landscape.
Working with concerned neighbors and other advocacy groups, the campus and
surrounding grounds recently received designation as a City of Seattle
Landmark. The property owner, in turn, is interested in working with
stakeholders on a preservation-minded redevelopment scenario. The *Haller
House*, located in downtown Coupeville on Whidbey Island, provides another
example. With the house on the market, concerned advocates feared a new
owner would remove significant interior features from the 1866 house – a
structure with direct ties to Civil War officer Colonel Granville Haller.
The Washington Trust supported local efforts to contact the sellers, who in
turn agreed to provide local advocates an opportunity to raise funds for
acquisition of the site. The group, now acting officially under the
auspices of Historic Whidbey, continues to work toward this goal.

Communities are encouraged to take action when the historic fabric of their
neighborhoods, main streets and rural landscapes are threatened. Through
our Most Endangered List, the Washington Trust offers support with
preservation efforts aimed at resolving these preservation challenges*. *

Nominations to the Trust’s 2014 Most Endangered Historic Properties List
are due on Monday, January 13, 2014. The 2014 List will be announced at the
annual RevitalizeWA Preservation and Main Street Conference held in May as
part of the Washington Trust’s Preservation Month programming.

Those interested in nominating a resource are strongly encouraged to
contact Cathy Wickwire, Operations Manager with the Washington Trust, prior
to submitting a nomination. For more information on the Most Endangered
Historic Properties List, including a nomination form, please visit the
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation website at

Forwarded by
Karen Prasse
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations
info at snocoheritage.org
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