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2019 Field School at Silver Falls Youth Camp!

The SAH 2020 Call for Papers is now open! SAH International will meet in Seattle in 2020 and our chapter is sponsoring a session! Please consider submitting an abstract. Here is the session description:

Sites Unseen: Other Cultural Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

“The built environment of the Pacific Northwest reflects a diversity of traditions, yet the full range of its architecture remains understudied. This session will examine Northwestern cultural landscapes that lie outside of the dominant culture, such as those of Indigenous peoples, African Americans, Latin Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, women, LGBTQAA+, European ethnic groups, religious sects, and other specific populations. Papers might examine physical structures these groups designed on their own, their reuse of existing buildings for their own purposes, or spaces they occupied intentionally or involuntarily (including agricultural landscapes, internment camps, and reservations).

Papers are welcome on a wide variety of sites, time periods, and occupants/users. For example, recent archaeological, ethnological, and fieldwork studies of Indigenous groups can help us understand the many native cultures in this region. Migrants from Mexico and Central America have had a regional presence since the early-twentieth century, yet the Latin American cultural landscape of the Northwest remains largely hidden from the historic and contemporary record. Asian immigrants helped develop the Pacific Northwest; what can a site like Kam Wah Chung in John Day, Oregon, or the East Kong Yick Building in Seattle reveal about their experience? Seattle’s Central District and Portland’s Albina neighborhood have shifted from majority African American in the late 1960s to mostly white today, but what do we know about the black cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest—its homes, schools, stores, clubs, and places of worship? The session is intended to expose ways in which architecture can represent different cultural landscapes within a single, culturally complex geographical region.”

Session Co-Chairs: J. Philip Gruen, Washington State University, and James Buckley, University of Oregon






Extraction and Recreation: Sensitive Redevelopments and Faustian Bargains

Abstracts or proposals for papers or work-in-progress reports are welcomed for the 2019 gathering of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. The conference will be held in the Idaho resort towns of Sandpoint, Coeur d’ Alene, and Wallace. This year’s theme is:

Extraction and Recreation: Sensitive Redevelopments and Faustian Bargains

Abstract submissions may address pre-industrial and industrial sites that have been transformed into areas for recreation and/or tourism. Although these developments have provided an economic and cultural boon for many communities, some have resulted in an economic and cultural bust for those that may have once flourished. Submissions that include a critical analysis of sensitive and/or insensitive revitalization efforts will be given priority.

Other proposals addressing any aspect of the built environment from any time period or place are also welcome. All abstracts adhering to the submission guidelines listed below will be given a fair assessment. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in fields related to the built environment are particularly welcome to present at the conference. Membership in the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter is not required for abstract submission, although everyone chosen for presentation will be asked to contribute chapter dues ($15.00) for the current year.

Submission Guidelines: The abstract should be between 300-500 words, and fit onto a single-sided page. On a separate single page, include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address with a brief, 100-200 word biography or one-page curriculum vitae. Abstracts are due on or before March 10, 2019 (send to sahmdr2017@gmail.com), and authors of papers chosen for presentation will be notified by April 15, 2019. Please indicate in your abstract whether you intend to deliver a twenty-minute paper or a ten-minute work-in- progress report. Ideally, the papers or work-in-progress reports delivered at the conference should be analytical or critical in nature, rather than descriptive, and aim to make an original contribution. Completed manuscripts of accepted papers must be submitted in full to conference organizers by May 30, 2019.

Authors shall retain copyright, but shall agree that the paper will be deposited for scholarly use in the chapter archive in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, at the University of Oregon as Microsoft Word attachments with the subject heading SAH conference 2019 on or before June 30, 2019, to Amanda Clark: sahmdr2017@gmail.com

In memory of…

We are saddened to note the recent passing of Cathy Galbraith, who served as Historic Seattle’s Executive Director from 1987 to 1992 and was a lifelong leader in historic preservation in the Pacific Northwest. Cathy was raised in Pittsburgh, studied to be an urban planner, and began her professional career in Oregon City. She moved to Seattle to lead our organization and had a great impact during her tenure, perhaps most notably with the Belmont Boylston (BelBoy) houses.


The BelBoy houses, six adjoining large wood frame buildings on First Hill, had been vacant and slated for demolition. Instead, under Cathy’s guidance, this became the first project in Seattle to combine the national Historic Preservation Tax Credits and City of Seattle low-income housing funds, creating 48 units of housing. The innovation of BelBoy was recognized with many awards including the National Mortgage Bankers Association Multi-Family Project of the Year and an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The project was a national inspiration and a local innovation, which Cathy followed with affordable housing projects at Victorian Row Apartments and the Phillips House. In total, her vision adapted eight historic buildings into 73 affordable units that remain in use today, more than 25 years later.


Following her tenure at Historic Seattle, Cathy returned to Oregon for her crowning achievement in creating and leading the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and its Architectural Heritage Center in Portland. She served as its Executive Director from 1993 until her retirement in 2016.


Many in the preservation community are mourning the loss of their colleague, mentor, and friend. John Chaney, Cathy’s immediate successor at Historic Seattle, noted, “Cathy was a hard act to follow. Her accomplishments in five years changed the DNA of Historic Seattle and Seattle is immensely better for her efforts.”

From: Historic Seattle.

Being Relevant

A interesting article from the Washington Trust today on cultural relevancy – http://www.preservewa.org/being-relevant/ 


SAH MDR this June 2019!

Bank Street, Wallace, Idaho

News from the Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross (PNW) chapter

Save the Date!

The Marion Dean Ross (PNW) chapter will hold its annual meeting Friday June 21 through Sunday June 23, 2019 in Sandpoint, Coeur d’Alene and Wallace, Idaho. As per our custom, Sunday will be an optional field trip, this time to the historic mining town of Wallace. Thank you to Phil Mead, our Idaho representative, who has agreed to be our conference chair. Please let me know if you would like to help or even just give advice! A call for papers will go out in early December. Stay tuned!

SAH 2020 News

The 73rd International Session of the Society of Architectural Historians meeting will be held in Seattlefrom April 29th to May 3rd, 2020. We have been in touch with the local liaisons and will continue to support this conference in any way we can. The Call for Sessions is out, due January 15, 2019. SAH operates on a two-tiered system, with the Call for Sessions preceding a Call for Papers for the selected sessions. The Call for Papers will open in April 2019, with a deadline to submit in June. Phil Gruen, our Washington representative, and Jim Buckley, our Oregon representative, will be coordinating a session submittal for our chapter focusing on a subject area much like last year’s conference in Astoria, whose theme was, “Constructing Community: Architecture, Diversity, and Identity in the Pacific Northwest.” We are not limited to one session, however, and any member can also submit a session, so please check it out. https://www.sah.org/2020/call-for-sessions

New Membership Coordinator

Ahsha Miranda has offered to be new Membership Coordinator! Ahsah’s elevator speech is: “A Seattle native transplanted to the suburbs of Portland, I am returning to school to help find my niche to add a touch of social justice to the madcap world of real estate development. I have a passion for discovering the ethic of place and straddle that special venn diagram  of YIMBY historic preservationists. Excited to engage with such a passionate group.” Treasurer Mimi Sheridan and I will be working with Ahsha to better define her role in the next few months. Welcome Ahsha

Nominating Committee

This year is an election year for us, and we will need a Nominating Committee in place in early 2019. According to our by-laws, the Nominating Committee will “be composed of members, two of whom shall not be Officers.” Please let me know if you are interested in serving on this committee or running for office! For more information about the board and our by-laws, see the links on this page: http://www.sahmdr.org/about.html

Members in the News

Our own Grant Hildebrand was recognized with a Distinguished Faculty Award for Lifetime Achievement from the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments at their October 9, 2018 reception at the University of Washington Club. According to the University, “This award recognizes permanent, retired faculty members who have made important contributions to their field and have had significant impact on the college’s community of faculty, staff, and students.” Grant was among an august list of awardees that includes Carl Gould, Victor Steinbrueck, and David Streatfield, among others. More later in the SAHMDR blog.

Member Kelly Daviduke, who presented a paper at our last conference in Astoria entitled, “Architecture, Community, and Weyerhaeuser’s Corporate Headquarters,” has been awarded the SAH 2018 Charles E. Peterson Fellowship for her research on American schools for the deaf. Kelly is in the M.S. in Architecture (History/Theory) program at theUniversity of Washington and serves as the librarian at UW Libraries Special Collections who handles architectural materials.  Congratulations Kelly! To read Kelly’s research proposal, see https://www.sah.org/about-sah/sah-news/news-detail/2018/09/25/charles-e.-peterson-fellowship-report-summer-2018


Member Harley Cowen, who gave a presentation on making “History: Preservation Photography of National Historic Landmarks” at our 2017 conference in Victoria, was awarded the Vernacular Architecture Forum Access Award to attend the 2018 conference in Alexandria. See his entertaining report on, “Behind the Scenes and the Camera,” at http://www.vafweb.org/VAN-Fall-2018/6717958


Member Warner Blake published his monograph, J. S. White: Our First Architect about this 19th-century Snohomish architect (photos by Otto Greule) in 2017. Member Jeffrey Ochsner has reviewed the book in theFall 2018 issue of Arcade. He notes that, “Researching the history of the architecture in small towns like Snohomish is often an impossible task” and praises Blake’s work. For more information, seehttp://arcadenw.org/article/discovering-the-early-architecture-of-snohomish


In Other News


Did you know that we have a Facebook page? To the get latest news as it happens (!) you can access it from our website at: http://www.sahmdr.org/. You can “Like” us on Facebook to see our page on a regular basis. Recent articles and notices include: 

 An article on the 2018 Oregon Field School by James Buckley from the Vernacular Architecture Forum;
 Notice of an open academic position in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Oregon; 
 Notice for the SAH 2020 Call for Sessions; 
 Notice of a symposium on the restoration of the George Conrad Flavel House in Astoria, for which we received a private showing last spring; 
 An obituary for Oregonian Lewis McArthur, known in history circles for his dedication to the documentation of Oregon place names;
 An obituary for the celebrated Pacific Northwest landscape architect Richard Haag; and 
 A review of the new publication, “Canada: Modern Architectures in History,” by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe and Michelangelo Sabatino, by member Martin Segger.


Scholarship Available – due November 30th


A new bit of news: the Oregon Heritage Elisabeth Walton Potter Preservation Scholarship (not to be confused with our Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Grant!) for Oregon residents to attend a preservation-related conference, workshop, or training. For more details, see https://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/docs/EWPScholarshipInformation2018.pdf

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