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[gallery order="DESC"] In the early part of the 19th Century, Californians sought to define an indigenous style of architecture by fusing local Spanish-influences with Colonial designs from the east coast.  Their search eventually led to the later emergence of one of California's few native architectural styles, the Monterey Style, which became popular between 1930-1950.   Some early literature refers to the style as Mediterranean, but today most historians call the designs Monterey, named... more

by National Trust for Historic Preservation on February 2nd, 2010

Written by Pat Lally Remember my comments in the blog I posted last week on the State of the Union? That the President’s address sets the stage for his budget? That the three-year... more
The December 7, 2009 lecture by Donovan Rypkema, Historic Preservation: The Core of Sustainable Development, is now available for viewing online. Please visit Tacoma Culture's website and click on the link, “view video.” Additional formats, including downloadable formats, are forthcoming. Please contact Reuben McKnight,  Historic Preservation Officer City of Tacoma, with any questions at... more
Whidbey's Photography Book Signing to Support Ebey’s Reserve in Coupeville, Saturday, February 13
The beautiful and favorite places of Whidbey Island are captured in a newly-...
APT Northwest is holding a Historic Masonry Workshop on Saturday, March 13, 2010 from 9 am to 4 pm in Astoria, Oregon at the Judge Guy Boyington Building (857 Commercial Street).  The cost is $50 which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Continuing Education Units will be available. Please RSVP by February 26th to Tyler Sprague at or by phone at 206.369.2028.
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This morning President Obama released his FY11 proposed budget. In a year when virtually every program was considered for the chopping block, the President is proposing to maintain State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) funding at $46.5 million - this is the pool of funding from which the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation in Washington draws - and where our annual Certified Local Government pass-through funding stems. The budget also proposes to maintain Tribal Historic... more
The Evergreen School District's YES TV program recently featured Clark County Historical Museum's Artifacts Detective project created using Certified Local Government pass through money. This 5.43 minute piece demonstrates the curriculum developed between the Clark County Historical Museum and the Evergreen School District based on historic archaeological finds on the site of Vancouver's convention center. The grant partnered two teachers with a local archaeologist to develop the curriculum as... more
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are requesting nominations through March 1, 2010, for the National Trust/ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation. This award honors outstanding partnerships that advance the preservation of important historic resources. It celebrates a project or program in which a federal agency and one or more non-federal partners have achieved an exemplary preservation outcome. Partners... more
[gallery order="DESC" columns="2"] Historic Seattle and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation present quarterly public tours of two important Seattle historic homes, the Henry H. Dearborn House (1907) and Stimson-Green Mansion (1899-1901) at Minor Avenue and Seneca Street on First Hill. The next tour is Tuesday, February 9, 2010. Tours provide insights into the architecture and interior design of both homes, as well as a lively look at the life and times of First... more
The Washington State Department of Commerce (COM) has announced the publication and final adoption of new administrative rules for the Growth Management Act (GMA), passed by the State Legislature in 1990. The Growth Management Services (GMS) office within COM has devoted 2 1/2 years to the review and comment process. The new rules (often referred to as "WAC" for Washington Administrative Code) will be published in the Washington State Register on Feb. 3, 2010 and go into effect on...
On November 20, 2009, the board of directors of the Frenchtown Historical Foundation and the board of trustees of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation concluded an historic agreement to transfer the lower portion of the Frenchtown Historic Site lying along the...
APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 12, 2010. Applications are invited for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Federal Preserve America Grants.  Preserve America grants offer planning funding from the Federal Government to support communities that have demonstrated a commitment to preserving, recognizing, designating, and protecting local cultural resources. Grants are available to assist local economies find self-sustaining ways to promote and... more
The training schedule for 2010 has been revised. Several new class offerings have been noted and a couple of previously listed classes have changed venues. For instance, the Cultural Resources Training will be moving to Ellensburg this spring. Also, the Pacific Northwest Field School has had to seek a change of venue from their proposed Field School site near Challis to a more practical location in downtown Boise. 
The new list can...
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Check out this local blog called "Land Tales" from  Ryan Hollander with photos and posts on architecture and archaeology.  Great posts on the Old Olympia Brewery and the Weyerhauser Headquarters in Federal Way.  Definitely worth marking as a... more
[gallery order="DESC" columns="2"] Simple to manufacture and easy to assemble, the Quonset Hut is an easily recognizable architectural form.  In 1941, a team of engineers at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island designed the building, hence the name.  With America preparing for the possibility of war, the Navy had approached the George A. Fuller Company to design a prefabricated, portable structure that could be shipped in pieces to faraway military outposts.  The structure had to be... more

The following article by Adrian Fine has just been published by the Trust in the Jan 2010 issue of the Forum News.    

Besides this article, there was an excellent feature on the local Fox TV affiliate in DC, which features Preservation Magazine editor James Schwartz talking about windows.  It is the kind of local news piece that should be repeated across the nation, and virtually any one of us could do this.  


[gallery order="DESC"] Located just west of Boeing Field in Seattle, the Boeing B-17 Factory, otherwise known as Plant No2., holds a significant place in the history of the United States.  It was here that during WWII thousands of B-17 Bombers, otherwise known as the “Flying Fortress” were made.  Production of planes at the plant went from sixty in 1942, to an astounding 362 planes per month by March 1944 — at one point the Seattle plant rolled out 16 planes in 24 hours.  
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