Washington Trust seeks nominees for 2011 endangered historic properties

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations to its 2011 Most Endangered Historic Properties List. Nomination forms may be obtained through the Trust’s Web site at http://www.preservewa.org .

“With on-going threats to historic properties statewide such as demolition, neglect, incompatible development and insensitive alteration as well as many others situations that impact historic resources across Washington, the need to raise public awareness of the potential loss of these properties is critical,” said Trust Field Director Chris Moore in a statement released Friday. “Historic resources of all types contribute to the heritage and vitality of our state, enhancing the quality of life in small towns, large cities and across rural areas. Inclusion in the Most Endangered List can be an important initial step in advocacy campaigns designed to bring attention to significant historic resources.”

Since 1992, historic sites in Tacoma and Pierce County have made the Trust’s list.

In Tacoma, the Luzon Building, Japanese Language School, Elk’s Temple, First United Methodist Church, and the Murray Morgan Bridge have been named endangered historic properties. In Pierce County, the Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake, Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, Balch House and Nathaniel Orr House in Steilacoom, Curran House in University Place, Coke Oven Park in Wilkeson, and Fleischmann’s Yeast Plant in Sumner have been named endangered historic properties. Properties selected for inclusion in the list will receive advocacy and technical assistance from the Trust in supporting efforts to remove any threats facing the historic resource while also working to raise awareness of preservation in general.

Nominations to the Trust’s 2011 Most Endangered Historic Properties List are due on Mon., March 21, 2011. The 2011 List will be announced at a press conference in May as part of the Washington Trust’s Preservation Month programming.

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For related Tacoma Daily Index coverage, click on the following links:

Washington Trust names historic preservation award recipients — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1911718&more=0

Puyallup’s Meeker Mansion awarded $2K historic preservation grant — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1906638&more=0

Coke Oven Park listed as endangered historic site — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1781830&more=0

Curran House, Oberlin Church awarded historic preservation grants — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1759705&more=0

Washington Trust seeks nominations for 2010 Endangered Historic Properties List — http://www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1713365&more=0

The Washington Trust: In an old hilltop mansion, a strong voice for preservation — http://www.wahmee.com/tdi_wa_trust.pdf

Long List of Concerns for Washington State Preservationists: An interview with Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Jennifer Meisner — http://www.wahmee.com/tdi_jennifer_meisner_qa.pdf