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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/