Seattle – Each year the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation provides grant funding through the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund to organizations across the state diligently engaged in preserving local historic resources. Founded in 1976, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a private nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration, and stewardship.
While the awards are modest, each year recipients relate the important role this program plays in leveraging additional contributions, providing support, and ultimately achieving project goals. The program embodies the mission of the Washington Trust by assisting preservation projects where they really happen – at the local level.
Recipients of the 2017 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant awards were publicly announced on December 6 at the Washington Trust’s annual Holiday Benefit held at the Stimson-Green Mansion, their landmark headquarters. As a statewide organization that strives to connect to communities from across our state, the Washington Trust was pleased to announce a slate of awardees representing broad geographic distribution. The 2017 grants were awarded to the following organizations:
- Ritzville Museum Volunteers, Ritzville – $1,000 to repair deteriorated framing elements of the exterior porch on the 1890 Frank R. Burroughs House. As a museum, the Burroughs House, listed in the National Register, provides a glimpse of life in early Ritzville.
- Thorp Mill Town Historic Preservation Society, Thorp – $2,000 to stabilize deteriorated structural columns in the mill’s basement. Stabilization work will allow K-12 educational tours to continue to occur at the circa 1883 mill, which is listed in the National Register.
- Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Wenatchee – $1,000 to restore hardwood flooring at the 1909 Wells House. Listed in the National Register, this work caps the first phase of planned rehabilitation work at the Wells House, which includes electrical and plumbing upgrades as well as rehabilitation of interior light fixtures and sconces.
- Greater Kent Historical Society, Kent – $1,000 for restoration of decorative leaded glass windows on the Bereiter House. Constructed in 1908, the Bereiter House is listed in the Kent Register of historic places and serves as home to the Greater Kent Historical Society.
- Kirkland Woman’s Club, Kirkland – $1,000 to stabilize a pair of character-defining chimneys atop the Kirkland Woman’s Club, securing them to the roof to prevent collapse. The Kirkland Woman’s Club is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Puyallup Historical Society, Puyallup – $1,000 for rehabilitation work on the carriage entrance and portico of the 1890 Ezra Meeker Mansion in Puyallup. The Washington Trust is thrilled to once again support rehabilitation work to this truly significant resource.
- Steamer Virginia V Foundation, Seattle – $500 to fabricate a new spring line and breast line on the Virginia V. The Virginia V, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest wooden, steam driven vessel in the United States certified to carry passengers by the Coast Guard. The lines are essential to the safe operation of the vessel.
- Masonic Temple Association, Ellensburg – $2,000 to replace deteriorated exterior trusses on the roof of the 1890 Masonic Temple. As a recipient of a building assessment grant in 2016, the Masonic Temple Association utilized the data collected to inform their grant request.
- Quilcene Historical Museum, Quilcene – $1,500 to restore the original tile on the fireplace surround of the 1892 Hamilton-Worthington House. The fireplace work is part of a broader, multi-phased effort to acquire, restore, interpret and program the National Register-listed building.
In addition to cash grants, for the second year running Artifacts Consulting has donated pro bono building assessments as part of the Sivinski Fund Grant program. This year’s building assessment is being awarded to two projects:
- Colfax Downtown Association, Colfax –Building assessment services for the 1912 Rose Theater in downtown Colfax, with the goal of ultimately re-opening the historic theater.
- Friends of Marine Supply and Hardware, Anacortes – Building assessment services for the 1910 Marine Supply & Hardware Building. The Port of Anacortes recently acquired the National Register-listed building and an assessment will help understand the potential for future use compatible with its historic designation.
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