Each year, through the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation provides grant funding to organizations across the state diligently working to preserve local historic resources. And though grant awards are modest, each year recipients report back to us, noting the important role funding plays in leveraging additional contributions, providing support, and ultimately achieving project goals. Since the program’s inception, the intent has been to assist preservation projects where they really happen – at the local level.

Since 1997, the Fund has awarded 136 projects totaling nearly $140,000 in funding and services to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in the important work of preserving Washington’s cultural heritage. Funding for the grant program is obtained from private donations to the Trust with the goal of providing a minimum of $10,000 in grant funding per year.

To contribute online to the Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund or the Valerie Sivinski Fund Endowment, visit our donation page. To send a check, make it payable to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and send it to 1204 Minor Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101.

For more information, please contact our office at 206-624-9449 or info@preservewa.org.

2017

  Colfax Downtown Association
Colfax, WA
Rose Theater (1912)

Building assessment services of the 1912 Rose Theater in downtown Colfax, with the goal of ultimately re-opening the historic theater.
 
  Ellensburg Masonic Temple Association
Ellensburg, WA
Ellensburg Masonic Temple (1890)

$2,000 to replace deteriorated exterior trusses on the roof of the 1890 Masonic Temple. This project received the first building assessment services provided by the Sivisnki Program, which was awarded last year.
 
  Friends of Marine Supply and Hardware
Anacortes
Marine Supply and Hardware (1910)

Building assessment services of the 1910 Marine Supply & Hardware Building. The Port of Anacortes recently acquired the National Register-listed building and an assessment will help understand the potential for future use compatible with its historic designation.
 
  Greater Kent Historical Society
Kent, WA
Bereiter House Museum (1908)

$1,000 for restoration of decorative leaded glass windows on the Bereiter House. Constructed in 1908, the Bereiter House is a City of Kent Landmark and serves as home to the historical society.
 
  Kirkland Woman’s Club
Kirkland, WA
GFWC Kirkland Woman's Club (1925)

$1,000 to stabilize a pair of character-defining chimneys atop the Kirkland Woman’s Club, securing them to the roof to prevent collapse. The club is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
  Puyallup Historical Society
Puyallup, WA
Ezra Meeker Mansion (1890)

$1,000 for rehabilitation work on the carriage entrance and portico of the 1890 Ezra Meeker Mansion in Puyallup. The WA Trust is thrilled to once again support rehab work to this truly significant resource.
 
  Quilcene Historical Museum
Quilcene, WA
Hamilton-Worthington House (1892)

$1,500 to restore the original tile on the fireplace surround of the 1892 Hamilton-Worthington House. The fireplace work is part of a broader, multi-phased effort to acquire, restore, interpret and program the National Register-listed building.
 
  Ritzville Museum Volunteers
Ritzville, WA
Dr. Frank R. Burroughs Home (1890)

$1,000 to repair deteriorated framing elements of the exterior porch on the 1890 Frank R. Burroughs House. As a museum, the Burroughs House, listed in the National Register, provides a glimpse of life in early Ritzville.
 
  Steamer Virginia 5 Foundation
Seattle, WA
SS VIRGINIA V (1922)

$500 to fabricate a new spring line and breast line on the Virginia 5. The V5, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest wooden, steam driven vessel in the US certified to carry passengers by the Coast Guard. The lines are essential to the safe operation of the vessel.
 
  Thorp Mill Town Historic Preservation Society
Thorp, WA
Thorp Mill (c. 1883)

$2,000 to stabilize deteriorated structural columns in the mill’s basement. Stabilization work will allow k-12 educational tours to continue to occur at the circa 1883 mill, which is listed in the National Register.
 
  Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
Wenatchee, WA
Wells House (1909)

$1,000 to restore hardwood flooring at the 1909 Wells House. Listed in the National Register, this work caps the first phase of planned rehab at the Wells House, which includes electrical and plumbing upgrades as well as rehab of interior light fixtures and sconces.

2016

  F/V CommencementCoastal Heritage Alliance
$1250 to purchase high-quality marine lumber needed to replace deteriorated hull frames on the starboard side of the Commencement.
 
  Fort Ward Bakery Building • Friends of Fort Ward
$1000 — Restoration of the historic Fort Ward bakery/powerhouse building for use as a community hall on Bainbridge Island.
 
  Redmen Hall • Friends of Skamokawa
$1500 — Repair entrance sill, repair railing, and strip and repaint stairs as part of overall preservation project.
 
  Historic Centralia Fox Theatre • Historic Fox Theatre Restorations
$2000 — Phase 2 of the mezzanine lobby and restrooms restoration that will focus on the women’s restroom.
 
  Haller HouseHistoric Whidbey
$1000 — Remove and replace cedar shingle roof, including adjacent tree removal.
 
  Kirkman House • Kirkman House Museum
$1000 — Restoration of two chimneys located toward the rear of the house and the dining room firebox.
 
  LaCrosse Rock Houses & StationLaCrosse Community Pride
$750 — Repair, secure, and stabilize rock structures in anticipation of future preservation.
 
  Maryhill Museum of ArtMaryhill Museum of Art
$1000 — Repair and restore exterior stucco, redesign and rebuild the roof flashing and ramps, and repaint exterior the original historic color.
 
  Neely Mansion's Acosta Tool ShedNeely Mansion Association
$500 — Purchase materials for restoration of the roof, doors, floor, and siding of the Acosta Tool Shed.

2015

  #15 Steam Locomotive, a Baldwin 2-8-2 – Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum – $1000 to rebuild the #15 steam locomotive boiler.
 
  Carpenter House Museum – Northern Kittitas County Historical Society – $1000 to pay for materials and labor needed to paint the historic 1914 Carpenter House Museum.
 
  Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission – $1000 to design and fabricate new exhibits for the 1964 Catherine Montgomery Interpretive Center at Federation Forest State Park.
 
  Dr. Frank R. Burroughs Home – Ritzville Museum Volunteers – $1000 to rebuild the side porch entry of the 1890 Frank R. Burroughs home which has shifted causing the sidewalk to buckle, resulting in a safety concern.
 
  Gaylynn – Gig Harbor BoatShop at the historic Eddon Boat Yard – $1000 to restore the interior components of the 1941 locally-built wooden boat, Gaylynn, including seats, seat backs, deck combing, motor compartment, floorboards, fastenings, and paint.
 
  High Rock Fire Lookout – White Pass Country Historical Society – $2000 to restore and rehabilitate the exterior features of the 1929 fire lookout, particularly the catwalk, deteriorated from yearly weathering, increased visitation, and vandalism.
 
  Northern Pacific Dining Car #1663 – Tacoma Railcar Preservation Society – $1000 will be used toward the first phase of restoration of the 1910 Northern Pacific Dining Car #1663, the removal and disposal of the deteriorated roofing system.
 
  Oil House at Browns Point Lighthouse Park – Points Northeast Historical Society – $1000 to restore the original 1903 oil house, one of a collection of buildings at the Browns Point Light Station.
 
  Rialto Theater – Broadway Center of the Performing Arts – $1000 to repair an urgent wood rot problem and inevitable roof leak at the 1918 Rialto Theater.
 
  Tofu House – South Pierce County Historical Society – $500 to commission needed architectural designs and permits to facilitate relocation of the Tofu House to its new location.

2014

Bush House LLC, Index – $2,000 for the restoration of the original entry doors of the Bush House Inn.

Ritzville Downtown Development Association, Ritzville – $2,000 to restore and reconstruct the neon along the main marquee and awning of the Ritz Theatre.

Spanaway Historical Society, Spanaway – $2,000 to re-roof the milk shed & blacksmith shed, located at the Prairie House Museum.

• Three Rivers Carousel Foundation, Kennewick – $1,000 toward the relocation and restoration of a historic carousel in Kennewick. Grant funds will support restoration of the original brass ring dispenser, to be reinstalled once the Carousel of Dreams is fully restored and operational.

• University Place Historical Society, University Place – $2,000 to paint the exterior of the Curran House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant post-war, modernist residential design.

2013

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma – $1,150 in emergency funding to repair a leak near the main lobby entry of the Pantages Theater.

Ezra Meeker Historical Society, Puyallup – $1,500 to patch, fill, replace and seal the west side window bay in preparation for painting at the Meeker Mansion.

Northwest Schooner Society, Seattle – $1,000 to assist with the rehabilitation of the south porch of the Burrows Island Light Station Keeper’s Quarters.

Northwest Seaport, Seattle – $1,500 toward replacement of the de-watering system on the 1889 Tugboat Arthur Foss.

Points Northeast Historical Society, Browns Point, Tacoma – $1,000 for abatement of asbestos and lead paint at the Browns Point Light Station Buildings.

Skykomish Historical Society, Skykomish – $900 to assist with exterior rehabilitation of the Skykomish Depot, including paint preparation of window trim and siding.

South Pierce County Historical Society, Eatonville – $650 for rehabilitation and stabilization work to the main entry wall of the historic Van Eaton Cabin.

Steilacoom Historical Museum Association, Steilacoom – $1,500 to address needed repairs to the banister on the main stairway at the 1857 Nathaniel Orr Home.

Sterling-Moorman House Foundation, Cheney – $800 toward needed interior rehabilitation of the 1884 Sterling-Moorman House.

2012

Blue Mountain Heritage Society, Dayton – $1,000 to assist with window and door rehabilitation on the Smith Hollow School. 2012

Clallam County, Port Angeles – $500 for parapet restoration on the 1931 Port Angeles Fire House.

Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Whatcom County Chapter #5, Bellingham – $1,000 to assist with replacing wood shakes on the kitchen roof of the 1856 Pickett House.

Friends of Skamokawa Foundation, Skamokawa – $1,000 to rehabilitate the bell tower on the 1894 Redmen Hall, formerly the Central Skamokawa School.

Hartline Betterment Organization, Hartline – $1,000 to develop as-built architectural drawings and treatment standards for the 1926 Hartline School in Grant County.

Historic Fort Steilacoom Association, Lakewood – $500 to paint the exteriors of four 1850s buildings, which served as officer’s quarters at the historic fort.

Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, Cle Elum – $1,000 to assist with exterior masonry rehabilitation on the Telephone Museum.

The Sammamish Heritage Society, Sammamish – $500 to help with costs to relocate the Reard-Freed House.

San Juan County Parks Department, Friday Harbor – $1,500 to help restore the doors on the 1897 Brann Cabin.

Spokane Valley Heritage Museum, Spokane Valley – $1,000 to help restore the historic scroll sign situated above the entry of the 1912 Opportunity Township Hall.

University Place Historical Society, University Place – $1,000 to help restore the decks on the mid-century modern Curran House.

2011

The City of Ellensburg – $2,000 to repair the roof of the Northern Pacific Railway Depot in downtown Ellensburg, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The City of Hoquiam – $1,500 to help restore the former Senior Center Building, a project designed to serve as a catalyst for additional downtown revitalization.

Ezra Meeker Historical Society, Puyallup – $2,000 to help rehabilitate dining room windows at the National Register-listed Meeker Mansion.

Fort Nisqually Foundation, Tacoma – $500 to develop architectural drawings for the circa 1850 National Historic Landmark Granary at Fort Nisqually.

Gig Harbor Boatshop, Gig Harbor – $1,000 to repair and restore the hull of Thunderbird #2, a racing sailboat designed and manufactured in Gig Harbor.

Historical Architecture Development Corporation, Walla Walla – $1,000 to assist with window rehabilitation on the National Register-listed Kirkman House in Walla Walla.

Knappton Cove Heritage Center, Naselle – $1,000 to replace porches and steps at the US Columbia River Quarantine Station Hospital, a National Register listed resource along the Columbia River at Knappton Cove.

Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale – $500 to develop a conditions assessment of the exterior stucco on the National Register-listed Maryhill Museum.

Northwest Schooner Society, Seattle – $500 to purchase materials for the reconstruction of the landing dock at the Burrows Island Light Station.

2010

The Barge-Chestnut Neighborhood Association, Yakima – $500 to continue efforts for completing the formation of the Barge-Chestnut Historic District.

The DuPont Museum & Historical Society, DuPont – $500 to help restore the last remaining historic “hose cart” shed for displaying fire equipment.

The Northern Kittitas County Historical Society, Cle Elum – $1,500 to help re-roof the historic Carpenter House Museum.

The Northport Historical Society, Northport – $1,000 to help restore the ramp and entrance to the historic Northport Fire Hall.

The Ritzville Museum Volunteers, Ritzville – $1,000 to help restore fascia, soffit and gutters on the historic Northern Pacific Railroad Depot.

Skykomish Historical Society, Skykomish – $500 to help restore the Portland Cement Association Safety Trophy Grotto.

Steilacoom Tribal Museum Association, Steilacoom – $1,000 to help restore the roof of the historic Oberlin Church, now used as the Tribal Cultural Center.

University Place Historical Society, University Place – $500 to restore window glass and trim on the historic Curran House.

2009

Center for Local Self-Reliance, Bellingham – $1,200 to assist with replacing the roof on the Caretaker’s Cottage at Fairhaven Park.

City of Centralia, Centralia – $2,000 to assist with the restoration of the Fox Theatre’s corner storefront.

The Cutter Theatre, Metaline Falls – $2,000 to assist with structural stabilization and exterior restoration of the Cutter Theatre. 2009

Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington, Whatcom Chapter 5, Bellingham – $1,800 to assist with replacing the roof on the Pickett House Museum in Bellingham.

Orcas Island Historical Society, Eastsound – $1,000 to assist with winter stabilization of the Orcas Island Historical Museum’s historic log cabins.

2008

Historic Ellensburg, Ellensburg – $2,000 to initiate project planning for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Northern Pacific Train Depot in downtown Ellensburg.

Historical Architectural Development Corp., Walla Walla – $1,500 for repairs to the unreinforced brick masonry foundation on the Kirkman House Museum.

McReavy House Foundation, Union – $1,000 to assist in conducting a needs assessment for the rehabilitation of the McReavy House.

R-Dock, Lopez Island – $500 to purchase materials for replacing the roof on the Jevick Beach Fishing Shed.

Skamokawa Grange, Skamokawa – $300 for a project to preserve the antique hand-painted roll-down curtain as part of a backdrop to the stage located in the building.

Wahkiakum County Community Foundation, Cathlamet – $700 to help repair damage to the roof and interior ceiling, floors and walls in the study of the Julia Butler.

2007

The Fox Theater, Spokane – $1,500 to support restoration of the sunburst light fixture in the main auditorium.

Historic Tacoma, Tacoma – $1,000 to assess and restore water damaged plaster and ornamental painting in the main hall of the Pythian Temple.

Knappton Cove Heritage Center, Knappton – $750 towards the replacement of the roof, gutters and downspouts on the Columbia River Quarantine Hospital.

Port Townsend Main Street Program, Port Townsend – $250 towards the creation of a printed brochure and website to raise awareness of 24 historic buildings downtown.

Prosser Downtown Enhancement Association, Prosser – $250 to create a brochure to inform business owners in the Prosser Downtown Core about the benefits of historic preservation.

Seattle Vineyard Christian Fellowship, Seattle – $1,000 towards the replacement of the roof on the Vineyard Church.

South Pierce County Historical Society, Eatonville – $500 to frame and pour a new foundation for the relocation of the Eatonville Japanese Community Milk House.

City of Spokane Parks & Recreation Department, Spokane – $750 to produce a pamphlet about the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens to promote preservation and restoration of the site.

Tacoma Railcar Preservation Society, Tacoma – $1,000 to assist in repairing the wooden roof of the 1910 Northern Pacific Dining Car.

Trafton Parent Teacher Club, Trafton – $500 towards rehabilitation of the Trafton School bell tower.

2006

Garfield County, Pomeroy – $1,500 in emergency grant funds to assist with repairs to the Statue of Justice that sits atop the Garfield County Courthouse.

Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation, Bainbridge Island – $385 to purchase a wood moisture meter for measuring the moisture content of logs harvested for the purpose of rehabilitating the Yeomalt Cabin.

Dayton Historical Depot Society, Dayton – $500 to assist in the display of interpretive materials in a new kiosk at the Dayton Historical Depot.

Friends of Point Hudson, Port Townsend – $300 to assist in developing a traveling photography exhibit of historic Point Hudson photos.

Georgetown Community Council, Seattle – $1,000 to assist the first phase of rehabilitating the Hat as part of the overall Hat ‘n Boots restoration project.

Northport Historical Society, Northport – $200 to obtain the equipment necessary to clear and restore the historic Boundary Cemetery.

Ritzville Public Development Authority, Ritzville – $500 to assist in conducting the feasibility study for establishing a preservation trade school at the Old Ritzville High School.

2005

Spokane Preservation Advocates, Spokane – $500 to help cover costs incurred resulting from their efforts to save the Rookery and Mohawk Buildings located in downtown Spokane.

Alder Creek Pioneer Association, Bickleton – $1,000 to be put toward the restoration of the Wurlitzer Band Organ, which is part of a larger effort to restore their historic carousel.

The Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle – $500 to help with the rehabilitation of historic buildings located at the National Register listed Cama Beach Resort on Camano Island.

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Bainbridge Island – $500 to assist in refurbishing the bell, an important component of a comprehensive steeple/bell tower rehabilitation project.

Rainier Historical Society, Rainier – $1,000 for the in-kind replacement of portions of the wood siding on the National Register listed Rainier School.

Historic Seattle, Seattle – $500 to help pay for a design charrette and report detailing viable redevelopment proposals that could help save First United Methodist Church.

South East Neighborhood Improvement Committee (SENIC), Yakima – $500 to help pay for a consultant to speak to the neighborhood group about historic preservation in diverse, low-income communities.

Wahkiakum County Community Foundation, Cathlamet – $1,000 to help pay for flooring restoration at the Julia Butler Hansen Home.

White River Valley Museum, Auburn – $1,000 to complete funding for a drainage project at the Mary Olson Farm.

2004

Friends of Eddon Boatworks, Gig Harbor – $500 for public information materials for a city bond election to acquire and save Eddon Boatworks.

Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee – $1,000 for an architectural assessment and long-range planning for the historic Wells House.

Friends of the Old Brewhouse, Tumwater – $500 for printing and distribution of public information materials to help save the Olympia Brewhouse listed on Most Endangered Historic Properties List and the current Watch List.

Friends of Shelton Gym, Shelton – $1,000 for website and promotional materials to assist in local advocacy efforts to save the Shelton Gym listed on Most Endangered Historic Properties List and Watch List.

Friends of the Community Center, Mukilteo – $1,000 for promotional materials to assist advocacy efforts to save the historic Rosehill School.

Garfield County Super Citizens Organization, Pomeroy – $1,000 to repair the leaking roof on the 1887 First National Bank Building that serves as their center.

Historical Architecture Development, Inc., Walla Walla – $1,000 to help with structural repairs of National Register-listed Kirkman House.

St. Urban Settlement Foundation, Winlock – $1,000 to help pay for an historic structures report for St. Urban Church listed on Most Endangered Historic Properties List.

2003

City of Snohomish – $1,000 to help fund a reuse feasibility study for the Carnegie Building.

Whatcom Museum of History & Art, Bellingham – $1,000 to help supplement brick and mortar costs for immediate, emergency repair of the 1892 building's south wall's failing masonry.

Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum, Quincy – $1,000 to help restore the front porch to the 1904 Reiman-Simmons House.

Hough Neighborhood Association, Vancouver – $250 to help with design and printing costs for a neighborhood tour brochure.

2002

Oysterville Restoration Foundation, Oysterville – $1,000 toward the exterior painting of the Oysterville Church, part of the foundation¹s continuing efforts to maintain and preserve the 1892 church.

Five-Mile Prairie Neighborhood Association, Spokane County – $1,000 to help pay for architectural renderings for use in developing a plan for the renovation and use of the 1939 Five-Mile Prairie Schoolhouse.

Spokane Preservation Advocates, Spokane – $1,000 to re-publish the educational book, Spokane, A City with Historical Style.

2001

Jefferson County Historical Society, Port Townsend – $1,000 to support the restoration of the 1890 Bell Tower used historically to alert citizens to fires in Port Townsend.

Jackson Hall, Silverdale – $1,000 to assist with restoration efforts of his 1937 community hall which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

2000

Town of Wilson Creek, Grant County – $1,000 to repair the interior plaster of the 1906 Citizens Bank Building.

1999

USDA Forest Service, Mountlake Terrace – $500 to assist in the rehabilitation of the Green Mountain Fire Lookout in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest

The Friends of Skamokawa Foundation, Skamokawa – $250.00 in funding to reproduce historic photographs and create a display unit.

Washington State University, Department of History, Pullman – $500 to produce a traveling photo exhibit about the West Spokane Historic District.

1998

Highline School District, Burien – $250 to print brochure highlighting Camp Waskowitz for an upcoming capital campaign.

Touchet Valley Arts Council, Dayton – $500 to pay a mason to repoint the bricks at the Liberty Theater and train and utilize volunteer assistance as part of the building’s restoration.

Whitman County Historical Society, Colfax – $250 to print a brochure showing the locations of 26 historic sites.

Historic Ellensburg, Ellensburg – $250.00 to assist in the funding of a preliminary structural and exterior assessment of the Ellensburg Rodeo Grandstand.