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CHS recognized for news coverage of Capitol Hill preservation issues

IMG_6825Some tired of our ongoing reporting of new Capitol Hill apartment buildings might scoff — but CHS is being recognized Tuesday night for its coverage of historical preservation on Capitol Hill.

We’ll be part of Historic Seattle’s Sixth Annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony along with fellow Capitol Hillers from Ada’s Technical Bookstore. The Ada’s crew, by the way, is being recognized for its new 15th Ave E cafe “transforming a humble house into an inviting, community gathering place for a unique neighborhood business.” To bring things full circle, CHS covered the new Ada’s location here — and did our best to bring the history of the old bookstore into the story of the present.

The full roster of 2014 award winners is below.

As part of the award, CHS will have two minutes to thank a few special people (like you!) and try to explain ourselves. It will probably be murky and unclear tonight but what I’d like to explain is why we bother to report in the first place. The primary mission for CHS has always been to provide the community with information on what is happening with its neighborhood assets — be it private property or public space, individuals or limited liability corporations. The buildings might have owners but we think the community has a share in that ownership simply by living here or caring about the area. Our job, then, is to report back to the owners about what we’ve learned about how these assets are being used — and, often, about how they came to exist in the first place. Call it preservation if you like but our focus is on today and, as much as possible, tomorrow.

Thanks for reading. It’s an honor to serve you!

2014 Award Recipients
King Street Station – 
The Beth Chave Historic Preservation Award for Best Restoration Project goes to the Seattle Department of Transportation and supporting partners for the outstanding achievement in the restoration of King Street Station in the Pioneer Square Historic District.

Supply Laundry Building – The Sustainable Preservation Award goes to Vulcan Real Estate and supporting partners for the outstanding adaptive reuse of the Supply Laundry Building in South Lake Union.

Lightship No. 83, “The Swiftsure” – The Historic Vessel Preservation Award goes to Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center and its supporting partner for blending maritime history, education and public outreach through the restoration of the heritage vessel and museum, Lightship No. 83.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – The Exemplary Stewardship Award goes to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and supporting partners for the longstanding commitment to preserving the modernist church building while responding to the needs of the congregation and lower Queen Anne community.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog – The Communications and Technology Award goes to Justin Carder (aka jseattle) for his contribution to communicating preservation news through the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

Ada’s Technical Books – The Preserving Neighborhood Character goes to Danielle and David Hulton and supporting partners for preserving and transforming a humble house into an inviting, community gathering place for a unique neighborhood business.

Friends of the Market, Pike Place Market – The Community Advocacy goes to the Friends of the Market, recognizing their 50 years of advocacy for the historic Pike Place Market.

John Bennett – The Community Investment Award goes to John Bennett for his long-term investment in the restoration and revitalization of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.

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5 thoughts on “CHS recognized for news coverage of Capitol Hill preservation issues

  1. Thank you very much for all the news- good and bad- about development. Some of the buildings that have been lost are assets that the communtiy will never have again. Density is a challenging issue for CapHill in 2014. You deserve kudos and I read your stories everyday, powerless to do anything, but at least informed.

  2. I think the Capitol Hill Blog is the best. It’s actually how I get my news about what’s going on not only here but for the rest of the city. The best blog in the city. You conduct this blog like it’s a news source, like AP. Great job, folks.