Byrd Barr Place : From Community Engagement to Outstanding Stewardship

On September 28, 2023, Historic Seattle awarded Byrd Barr Place its Outstanding Stewardship Award for their efforts in restoring historic Fire Station #23 as their permanent home. In 2020, the organization was given the Historic Firehouse #23 after operating there since 1968. Rafn and SHKS…

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Preserving Old Fire Station #23 for Byrd Barr Place

This article originally appeared in the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation's "This Place" Magazine, Fall 2022 issue. This Place’s Spring 2022 issue featured an informative Donor Focus article by SHKS Architects recounting the history of Seattle’s Fire Station #23 and describing the…

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Project Tour : Town Hall Seattle Renovation

Our project at Town Hall Seattle is a complete renovation of this 35,731 square foot performance arts building. The structure was originally built between 1916 and 1922 as the The Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, church building. Our scope of work includes: seismic upgrade (structural steel /…

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National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

I’ve been a board member of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation for a number of years. This past March was the first time I participated with the Trust’s annual delegation to Washington DC for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week. This year and for the foreseeable future, it will be …

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Replumbing the Historic Stimson-Green Mansion

We are currently working on an interesting project at the Stimson-Green Mansion in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Built in 1901, the mansion is a designated Seattle Landmark, is on the Washington Heritage Register, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Although less…

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