In 2011 we celebrated two very important milestones in the history of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation: 35 years in operation, working side by side with our membership to save the places that matter in Washington State, as well as 10 years as owners and stewards of the landmark Stimson-Green Mansion in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. In honor of these significant anniversaries we embarked on a campaign to raise $125,000 for an interior rehabilitation project in hopes of returning th features and finishes in the Mansion that have become a bit tired and worn over time to their original splendor.
To jump-start membership involvement in this rehabilitation project, we hosted a raffle that highlighted various pieces of furniture throughout the house, including a few we pulled out of the basement! Most of the highlighted furnishings are original to the house or to the two families that lived here, and each piece has as story of its own. As such, it is important to preserve these integral pieces of the Stimson-Green Mansion’s history, and we were pleased that our guests so willingly stepped up in support! In total, our raffle earned $2,675 toward furniture rehabilitation. In honor of this success, we will put this money to work immediately with plans already under way for our first furniture restoration project: the settee in the entry hall.
The Washington Trust is thrilled to announce that we were recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Norcliffe Foundation, a $30,000 grant from 4Culture’s Heritage Cultural Facilities program and $25,000 from the Joshua Green Foundation for the Stimson-Green Mansion Interior Rehabilitation Project.
While the Norcliffe Foundation, 4Culture and Joshua Green Foundation grants put us well on the way to achieving our $125,000 goal, we will be continuing to fundraise for the Mansion Rehabilitation Project throughout 2012. Your staff is keeping diligent watch on and applying to all grants and awards for which the Mansion Project qualifies, but the most valuable support comes from our members and friends who recognize the significance of the Stimson-Green Mansion and the capacity it gives us to continue our work advocating for historic resources throughout the state.
We look forward to working with all of you this year to restore the Mansion interiors!
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The Mansion's furnishings are receiving a face-lift...take a look!
Left to right: hall settee, Stimson Suite chair, and Green Suite sofa.
The floor refinishing project is complete!
Take a look at the before and after photos below.
First floor hall with the dining room to the left.
Before & After Rehabilitation of the Stimson Suite and Green Suite:
Take a look at the incredible transformation!