Downtown Tacoma's Pantages Theater awarded historic preservation grant

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has announced the recipients of the 2013 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant awards.

In Tacoma and Pierce County, the recipients include:

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma — $1,150 for emergency funding to repair a leak near main entry of the Pantages Theater;

Ezra Meeker Historical Society, Puyallup – $1,500 to patch, fill, replace and seal west side window bay in preparation for painting at the Meeker Mansion;

Points Northeast Historical Society, Browns Point, Tacoma – $1,000 for asbestos and lead paint abatement at the Browns Point Light Station Buildings;

South Pierce County Historical Society, Eatonville – $650 for door and wall rehabilitation on the Van Eaton Cabin;

Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, Steilacoom – $1,500 for stairway banister rehabilitation for the Nathaniel Orr Home.

Each year, through the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, the Washington Trust provides grant funding to organizations across the state engaged in preserving local historic resources. Since 1998, the Washington Trust has awarded nearly $90,000 to 99 projects through the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund to historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. While priority is given to bricks and mortar rehabilitation of historic resources, eligible projects have also included preservation planning and interpretation of important sites around the state. Funding for the grant program is obtained from private donations to the Washington Trust with the goal of providing a minimum of $10,000 in grant funding per year.

This year’s other grant recipients include:

Northwest Schooner Society, Seattle – $1,000 for the rehabilitation of the south porch of the Burrows Island Light Station Keeper’s Quarters;

Northwest Seaport, Seattle – $1,500 to replace de-watering system on the Tugboat Arthur Foss;

Skykomish Historical Society, Skykomish – $900 to caulk windows and prep and paint the exterior of the Skykomish Depot;

Sterling-Moorman House Foundation, Cheney – $800 for interior rehabilitation, exterior painting, and fees for non-profit status for the Sterling-Moorman House.

The announcement was made during the Washington Trust’s open house on Dec. 13.

In previous years, the Washington Trust has awarded Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grants to Historic Fort Steilacoom Association (2012); University Place Historical Society (2012); Ezra Meeker Historical Society (2011); Fort Nisqually Foundation (2011); Gig Harbor Boatshop (2011); Steilacoom Tribal Museum Association (2010); University Place Historical Society (2010); Historic Tacoma (2007); South Pierce County Historical Society (2007); Tacoma Railcar Preservation Society (2007); and Friends of Eddon Boatworks (2004).

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a statewide, tax exempt 501(c) 3 non- profit organization founded in 1976 to safeguard Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship. More information is available online at

The historic Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)