Historical Society Doings for the First Half of 2019

Preservation/Advocacy

Conover House

Thanks to the combined advocacy efforts of our board in partnership with Historic Seattle, local architect Marvin Anderson, and the former owner Joan Zegree, the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board voted 6-1 to nominate Conover House for landmark status on May 15. Jewish Family Services, the current owner, planned to demolish the building to make way for an apartment development. Marvin Anderson, says the house, built in 1893, is a “highly refined” example of the Colonial Revival style The house still features original woodwork, herringbone ceilings, fireplaces and other original indoor and some outdoor features. If you would like to learn more about the house, review the nomination report prepared by the owner's consultants and our own supplemental material.

The designation meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 19. The Board meets in City Hall room L280 starting at 3:30 with Conover House being at the end of their agenda. We encourage all to attend and comment on the proposal.

Rainier Chapter House Celebrated

On March 20, the Rainier Chapter House of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Harvard & Roy, became listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To celebrate, the 167 chapter members held a plaque unveiling on Sunday, June 2. A Seattle Times article describes the history of the house, which is a reproduction of George and Martha Washington’s residence at Mount Vernon, dedicated on April 11, 1925. We commend the Rainier Chapter for their hard work and dedication to preservation and congratulate them for their success! We also wish to thank the chapter historian, Clare Livingston, who gave those of us who attended a rare look inside the chapter archives behind a vintage walk-in Diebold safe in the basement!

Past events

Tour of the former Waitresses' Union Recreation Home

In case you missed it, click the link below for photos from our tour of the former Waitresses' Union Recreation Home at 1227 20th Ave E back in April and a few news clippings about the house. The event was lively, engaging, and well-attended. Thanks again to the Kischners for hosting, the Wassermans for helping organize and provide food/drink, Marissa Hiller and Lorn Fant for photos, and Carole Davison for coming to speak about her master's thesis on the house.

Waitress' Union Recreation Home Tour Photos