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February 23 Annual Meeting

February 23 Meeting Summary

Seventeen people attended the Feb 23 meeting at the Capitol Hill library branch. 2019 is off to a great start, with a one 4-Culture grant in hand and another requested.

Budget Review

Grace Harvey organized the proposed budget into a standardized form. Revenue sources include writing for the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Caitlin offered to help with writing/editing. The proposed budget was approved unanimously.

4Culture Contract (scope of services)

CHHS has been awarded a 4-Culture sustaining grant of $1000 for 2019. Funds will be paid at year end for work done during this year.

  • Tours: The 4Culture application stated that CHHS plans to arrange some tours. Some meetings will be hosted in historic homes. A tour of the area around 953 East Union is planned for May or June. We hope to work with Atlas Obscura to reach a larger tour audience. It may be possible to work with the Seatle Architecture Foundation and/or Historic Seattle.

  • Advocacy: 4Culture considers advocacy work to be important. Tom reviewed the Conover House project. This property has been purchased for redevelopment. CHHS is working on landmark status. Susan Beardsley reported that the research has been compllted on the Fairfax building. They are working with Historic Seattle (who wrote the architectural description) on landmark nomination.

The 4Culture draft scope of services plan was unanimously approved.

Republishing “The Hill with a Future”

This book, published by Jackie Williams in 2001, has long been out of print. Only one circulating library copy is available. CHHS is requesting a 4Culture grant to reprint the book, using modern technology and correcting old errors. Jackie will donate sales proceeds to CHHS.

Project Updates

  • Rob Ketcherside described te book “American Sutra” which includes research on three Japanese-American families pre World War II.

  • Lorn Fant showed recent work on the interactive 1937 street map. All buldings along Broadway from Denny to John have been mdeled in 3D.


Our next meeting will beon April 6 at the Kischner home on North Capitol Hill. This house was built in 1909 and convered to a “Waitresses Recreation Home” in 1913. That year the Seattle Times outlined the purpose of such an establishment: “Here the girls will come when they are tired out and in need of vacations, or when they are convalescent after illness. Here also those who are working will gather for informal social functions. It will be the home to which the girls may at all times go to find relaxation and diversion."

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