This morning the National Trust for Historic Preservation (a CDNews sponsor) announced that three Central District properties are among the 25 that are competing for $1 million in preservation funding from American Express. After a public vote that runs through May 12th, the winning site will be guaranteed funding, and an advisory board will determine which other projects will receive partial funding.
The buildings here in our neighborhood are:
- Washington Hall at 14th & Fir, built in 1908, and home of arts programs and performances for many years. As we reported last year, Washington Hall is now owned by Historic Seattle, which plans to rehab the building and keep it available for arts uses.
- The Urban League building at 14th & Yesler, which was built in 1910 as a residential hotel, requires seismic upgrades and suffers from 100 years of wear and tear.
- The Japanese Cultural and Community Center at 14th & Weller has been the home of the longest continually operating Japanese language school in the continental U.S since 1902. Preservationists hope to restore the front facade of the building to its original appearance and insure the center can continue to serve future generations.
You can vote for these projects and others among the 25 on the preservationnation.org website.