Washington Trust seeks nominees for 2013 Most Endangered Historic Properties List

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking nominations to its 2013 Most Endangered Historic Properties List.

Inclusion on the list is an important initial step in advocacy campaigns intended to bring attention to significant historic resources. Historic properties selected for the Most Endangered list receive support and technical assistance from the Washington Trust. “While the focus is to remove the immediate threat facing historic properties, raising awareness of preservation issues in general remains a programmatic goal,” says Washington Trust Field Director Chris Moore. “Through proactive partnering with local organizations and concerned citizens, the Washington Trust’s Most Endangered List program has resulted in many high profile success stories across Washington since its establishment in 1992.”

Statewide, threats to historic resources include demolition, neglect, incompatible development and insensitive alterations. These challenges, along with many others, impact properties across Washington that significantly contribute to the heritage and vitality of our state while enhancing the quality of life in small towns, large cities and across rural areas.

According to information on the Washington Trust’s Web site, the list has included historic properties in Tacoma and Pierce County, such as Pacific National Bank Building / Luzon Building (Tacoma) — listed in 1992, demolished in 2009; Japanese Language School (Tacoma) — listed in 1993, demolished in 2004; Elks Building (Tacoma) — listed in 2003; First United Methodist Church (Tacoma) — listed in 2006, demolished in 2007; Murray Morgan Bridge (Tacoma) — listed in 2008; Kelley Farm (Bonney Lake) — listed in 2006; Historic Commercial Fishing Net Sheds (Gig Harbor) — listed in 2008; Fort Steilacoom (Lakewood) — listed in 2006; Sunrise Lodge (Mount Rainier National Park) — listed in 1992, saved in 1996; Balch House (Steilacoom) — listed in 1993, saved in 1994; Nathaniel Orr House (Steilacoom) — listed in 1996, saved in 1999; Fleischmann’s Yeast Plant (Sumner) — listed in 2007, demolished in 2010; Curran House (University Place) — listed in 2009; Old City Hall (Tacoma) — listed in 2011; McMillin Bridge (Orting / Pierce County) — listed in 2011; and McNeil Island Prison (Pierce County) — listed in 2011.

Nominations to the Trust’s 2013 Most Endangered Historic Properties List are due on Mon., Jan. 28, 2013. The 2013 List will be announced at the RevitalizeWA conference to be held in Vancouver, Wash. May 15 through 17 as part of the Washington Trust’s Preservation Month programming. Nomination forms are available online at preservewa.org. Those interested in nominating a resource are strongly encouraged to contact Moore at the Washington Trust prior to submitting a nomination. For more information on the Most Endangered Historic Properties List, including a nomination form, visit preservewa.org/Nomination-Process.aspx.

Tacoma's Old City Hall was included on the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation's list of endangered properties last year. (PHOTO COURTESY WASHINGTON TRUST)