Landmarks Capital
Deadline: May 10, 2017 5pm PST
Dana Phelan 206 263.1604
George’s Bakery, North Bend, 2015 Photo courtesy of the owner.

Milk Shed at Doughtery Farmsted, Duvall © 2016
2016 Landmarks Capital Recipient

Historic buildings, sites, neighborhoods, and landscapes lie at the heart of every community's identity. The preservation of historic places conserves resources and embodied energy, boosts the economy, and improves our overall quality of life.

4Culture's Landmarks Capital program supports "bricks and mortar" projects that help preserve designated local landmarks all around King County. We fund design, materials, and labor for rehabilitation projects large and small. Eligible applicants include private owners, businesses, organizations, and local governments. Fundable projects will range from $3,000 to $30,000.

A portion of Lodging Tax revenues collected in King County provides the funding for this program.

Guidelines and Process for 2017 Program Below | Deadline: May 10, 2017 5pm PST

Who Can Apply

Stewards of Landmark properties 

Eligible Properties are located within King County, and are:

  • Designated as an official City Landmark,
  • Designated as an official King County Landmark,
  • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in a community that has no operating landmarks ordinance, or
  • A contributing property located within a City, King County, or National Register historic district

Eligible Applicants are:

  • Landmark owners including non-profit organizations; public agencies other than K-12 schools or school districts; and businesses or private individuals, or
  • Leaseholders with a minimum 10-year lease, with approval of owner of record

What Gets Funded

Project design, materials, labor, permits and fees 

Eligible Activities & Costs are:

  • Stabilization, restoration, or rehabilitation of historic building fabric
  • Essential building systems
  • Landscape restoration (if historically significant)
  • Purchase of materials
  • Contracted labor
  • Architectural and engineering design, construction drawings, and bid documents
  • Building permits and fees
  • Project management costs, up to 15% of award amount

Ineligible Activities are:

  • Acquisition, new additions, major equipment purchases
  • Planning and pre-development studies (feasibility, condition or structural assessment, etc.)
  • General operating support, indirect or overhead costs, employee benefits or regular staff salaries
  • Projects completed before the award of funds

When to Apply

2017 Application Deadline: May 10, 2017 5pm PST

Projects or portions thereof that are funded through 2017 Landmarks Capital may begin no earlier than July 1, 2017.

How Awards are Made

Review criteria and competitive selection process 

Landmark Capital awardees are selected by a panel of preservation professionals, based on the following criteria:

Review Criteria

Quality & Significance
Impact & Public Benefit
  • Project will benefit citizens of King County, through the property's visibility, accessibility, public programming, or the like
  • Project will stimulate additional economic activity in the neighborhood or community
  • Project will aid in the long-term preservation and continued use of the landmark property
  • Applicant is ready to begin the project within a year
  • Project team has experience managing construction projects involving historic properties
  • Project budget is realistic, and credible cost estimates from at least one experienced contractor are in hand
  • Applicant has ability to undertake the project on a reimbursement basis
Additional Program Priorities
  • Project addresses an urgent preservation or stabilization need
  • Project adds to diversity of property types within applicant pool
  • Project is not eligible for any other 4Culture "bricks and mortar" funding programs

Applications from underrepresented geographic areas or populations will be prioritized if above criteria are met.

Competitive Selection Process and Timeline

  • March - April: INDICATE YOUR INTENT TO APPLY - Prior to preparing an application, contact the Program Coordinator to discuss the proposed project. First-time applicants must also schedule a site visit!
  • For guidance on preparing a strong application, attend a free workshop at 4Culture. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop.
  • Dana Phelan is the coordinator for the Landmarks Capital Program. Contact Dana Phelan at 206 263.1604.
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5PM.
  • Early June : peer review panel meets to review and score applications.
  • Late June: panel recommendations reviewed and approved by 4Culture's Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and by 4Culture Board of Directors.
  • Early July: applicants receive formal notification from 4Culture.
  • 4Culture staff works with award recipients to develop a Contract for specific work to be funded. The contract will specify a schedule for reimbursement payments to be made upon submittal of documented project expenditures. The contract will also specify insurance requirements, and public benefit obligations to be recorded with property title.
  • Projects must be completed within 18 months of the day the award is approved by the 4Culture Board.

Requirements and appeals

Learn about the legal requirements of award recipients, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture award here.

Ready to Apply

How to submit your ONLINE application 

STEP 1 - Read all of the above sections

STEP 2 - Gather and prepare your information

You are required to submit your proposal using 4Culture’s online application. The online application will include narrative questions, a project budget, and your evaluation of preservation priorities for the landmark. You must complete the application in full for it to be submitted to the panel for review.

Please answer all narrative questions as thoroughly and completely as possible. Complete the project budget to the best of your ability, noting amounts of all expenses and income associated with the project. Show how the proposed project fits with your overall preservation priorities for the landmark, taking note of work that has already been completed and any plans to address additional capital needs in the future.

Below, you will find information on additional required and optional support materials. At the end of this section, a link is provided to the online application.

Support Materials

Contractor Estimate (Required upload)

At least one contractor bid or architectural estimate for the proposed project is required. You can include a second estimate if you have one.

Images (Required upload)
Submit 6 to 12 current (taken within last 6 months) digital color images (.jpg format preferred), no larger than 2 MB in size each. Please submit a list of all images, with a brief caption for each, in the online application. Include the following photos of the landmark:
  • In its setting or neighborhood context
  • Each side of exterior of primary structure
  • Features (exterior or interior) affected by proposed project

Additional Support Materials (Optional)

You may submit letters of support; any existing master plans, studies, or assessments; or any existing site plans, drawings, or sketches that directly support your project. Optional support materials may be uploaded within the online application. Carefully read the upload requirements within the application for the different types of materials you choose to submit. Be selective, these are optional! We will not accept any printed materials, and you many not upload more than there is space available.

Application materials will not be accepted by email or after the deadline.


STEP 3 - Sign in to begin your application

Once you have started the process of applying online, you can save your work, sign out, and return at any time before the deadline to make changes. Once you submit, you will no longer be able to edit your application, but will still be able to view, save and print it. For technical questions about the online application system, contact staff member Brandi Link at 206 263.1593.


Scheduled Workshops

All applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop prior to submitting your application. These free workshops provide you an opportunity to ask questions, understand specific guidelines, and be taken through a step-by-step review of the application process.


City Location Dates Time
Issaquah KCLS Issaquah Library April 5 1pm-2pm
Seattle 4Culture Offices April 6 (First Thursday - FREE Parking) 5:30pm-6:3pm
Auburn KCLS Muckleshoot Library April 11 12pm-1pm
Seattle 4Culture Offices April 13, 20, 26 12pm-1pm
Kenmore Third Place Commons April 18 12pm-1pm


How large are Landmarks Capital Awards?

Awards may range from $3,000 to $30,000.

Is there a required cost share?

No, there is no required match for this program. However, projects that offer a cash or in-kind cost share of donated materials and/or labor will rank higher under the criterion of Feasibility.

If I'm awarded funding, will I get the money up front?

No, 4Culture awards are made on a reimbursement basis. Payments may be made in one or more defined increments over the course of the project.

What are my obligations if I receive an award?

All recipients of Landmarks Capital Awards must meet defined insurance and public benefit requirements. For private property owners, public benefit requirements will be recorded with the property title. Award recipients must obtain all required design review approvals and permits from the appropriate jurisdiction prior to beginning construction.

Will 4Culture staff help me with my application?

Yes. Call or email us to indicate your Intent to Apply, and to set up a site visit (required for first-time applicants). To get tips on crafting a strong application, you are strongly encouraged to attend a free lunchtime workshop at 4Culture or at a scheduled location out in the county. We are happy to answer questions and give pointers.

Who do I work with?

Dana Phelan is the coordinator for the Landmarks Capital program. Contact Dana Phelan at 206 263.1604 for help on project content. For technical help with the online application, contact Brandi Link at 206 263.1593.


Name Project Title Award
City of Des MoinesCovenant Beach Sun Home Lodge Restoration Project$30,000
Dock Street Properties LLCHansen Building Roof$30,000
Hip Sing AssociationSouthwest corner structural repair$28,756
Barbara LoomisKirkland Land and Improvement Company House - Loomis House - New Roof$25,043
City of DuvallDougherty Farmstead Milk Shed Emergency Repair 2016$20,900
Steamer Virginia V FoundationVIRGINIA V Wheelhouse Restoration$15,900
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)Eagles Auditorium historic exterior$15,000
First African Methodist Episcopal Church of SeattlePreserving Historical Stain Glass Windows: First African Methodist Episcopal Church$15,000
Pacific Science Center FoundationThe Yamasaki Courtyard Renewal Project: Lower Courtyard & West Staircase Repair$15,000
Mount Baker Park Presbyterian ChurchMount Baker Park Presbyterian Church$15,000
Northwest Railway MuseumSteaming up locomotive 924$14,930
Washington Trust for Historic PreservationStimson-Green Mansion Public Bathroom Rehabilitation$14,471


Name Project Title Award
Auburn Masonic Temple (King Solomon 60)Auburn Masonic Temple Restoration$23,472
Delta Masonic Temple Inc.Delta Masonic Hall Roofing Project$25,528
Craig GlazierSunset Garage - Storefront and Canopy Restoration$15,000
Joseph GradyNeighbor-Bennett House Porch Restoration$13,315
P. Mark HannumColumbia Motors Façade Restoration$27,912
Historic SeattleGood Shepherd Center Window Restoration$15,000
Kenmore Community ClubKenmore Community Club Siding Project$19,950
Kroeze, StaceyBarton House Restoration Project$8,800
Northwest Railway MuseumNorthern Pacific Railway locomotive 924 boiler project$15,430
Pacific Science Center FoundationThe Yamasaki Courtyard Staircase Repair$15,000
Schilling, DennisRestoration of Alki Homestead sign$15,000
Seattle Theatre GroupParamount Theatre Restoration Project$15,000
Smith, Robert E.Auburn Carnegie Library Exterior Door Restoration$10,431
Vashon Park DistrictBuilding Repairs at Point Robinson Light Station$10,720
Walker, CynthiaNorth Bend Theatre Door and Window Replacement$9,442
Wa Sang FoundationRex Apartments Roofing Project$30,000


Name Project Title Award
A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) Eagles Temple Building: South Elevation Terra Cotta Restoration $20,000
Ms. Chelsea Carrigan Walter Cooper Dairy Farm: Window Restoration and Painting $18,000
Chong Wa Benevolent Association Chong Wa Hall: Parapet Roof Repair $21,278
Eagle Wealth (Pioneer) LLP Pioneer Building: Historic Window Restoration $15,000
Mr. Craig Glazier Sunset Garage: Window and Exterior Shell Restoration $30,000
Historic Seattle Washington Hall: Historic Fire Escape Restoration $19,420
Interfaith Community Sanctuary Interfaith Community Sanctuary: Exterior Restoration $25,632
Kirkland Arts Center Peter Kirk Building: Historic Windows Restoration $20,000
Ms. Barbara Loomis Kirkland Land & Improvement Co. House: Restoration of Porch $7,771
Mr. Jeffrey Moidel Judge James Ronald House: Historic Widow's Walk & Railings $4,289
Northwest Seaport Tugboat Arthur Foss: Marine Lumber, planks and beams $10,000
Mr. Steve Teodosiadis George's Bakery: Historic Facade Restoration $26,860
Vashon Park District Point Robinson Lighthouse Grounds Structures: repairs and painting $19,750
Mr. Frank Zellerhoff Jr. Mukai Barreling Plant: Restoration - Phase One $14,000


Name Project Title Award
Aegis Building, LLC Scheuerman Building Window Restoration $20,000
Blessed Sacrament Church Church of the Blessed Sacrament, New Roof Project $15,000
Brockman Nyberg Fury Block Building Facade Improvements $4,700
City of Duvall Dougherty Farmhouse Window Repair Phase 3 $5,610
Fall City Lodge #66 Falls City Masonic Hall, Exterior Paint Project $14,000
Friends of the Market Pike Place Market, High Stalls Sign Restoration Project $10,000
Hip Sing Association Hip Sing Building, Historic Fire Escape Repair $27,000
Jan Johnson Panama Hotel window and exterior restoration project $22,412
Jeffrey Moidel Judge Ronald House Porch & Column repairs $12,500
Karen Hatch Krain Tavern Window Restoration Project $2,000
Kong Yick Investment Co Inc West Kong Yick Building, Seismic Upgrades $20,000
Marian Brischle Marjesira Inn Porch Roof Replacement $6,669
Mark Randleman 1928 Glazed Brick Building, Facade Improvements $15,075
Neely Mansion Association Exterior Painting of Aaron Neely House $15,855
Northwest Railway Museum Completing the Messenger of Peace Chapel Car $11,511
Northwest Seaport Lightship No. 83 Deck Replacement Project $30,000
Sammamish Heritage Society Jacob and Emma Reard House Interior Restoration, Phase II $8,000
Town of Skykomish Maloney's Store Window & Interior Restoration $4,424
Vincent Schoolhouse Historic Preservation Society Vincent Schoolhouse & Woodshed Roof Replacement $13,250


Name Project Title Award
Chong Wa Benevolent Association Chong Wa Hall, parapet & roof stabilization project $26,750
Historic Seattle Washington Hall, microbial remediation, roof & wall stabilization $25,000
Island Landmarks Mukai Agricultural Complex, house roof replacement project $17,500
Northwest Seaport Tugboat Arthur Foss, systems repair $25,000
Steamer Virginia V Foundation Virginia V, hull restoration $15,000
Town of Skykomish Great Northern Depot, restoration project $4,000
Women's University Club of Seattle Foundation Women's University Club, restoration of the original wood windows in clubhouse $14,250


Name Project Title Award
Historic Seattle 1411 Boylston Avenue House, exterior painting project $13,000
Fischer Studio HOA Fischer Studio Building, terracotta and masonry restoration project $11,978
Paul Murakami, Owner Higo Variety Store, sign restoration project $8,402
Phinney Neighborhood Association John B. Allen School complex, systems building exterior brick restoration project $18,161
Town of Skykomish Maloney's General Store, heating upgrades and ADA bathroom installation $17,659
Jan Johnson, Owner Panama Hotel, fire escape restoration project $21,000
The Alliance for Pioneer Square Areaway prism action plan for Pioneer Square $10,300
Achilles Productions LLC Royal Esquire Club, storefront restoration project $24,000
University Heights Center for the Community Association University Heights Elementary School, fire prevention and safety improvements $10,000
Bernie Kay, Owner West Kong Yick Building, structural stabilization $8,000


Name Project Title Award
University Heights Center for the Community Association University Heights Elementary School, window restoration $20,000
Kirkland Arts Center Peter Kirk Building, restoration of main and Market Street entry doors $14,941
Mar, Barry Atlas Hotel, preservation plan $12,400
City of Enumclaw Enumclaw Activity Center/Fieldhouse, replace roof system $25,000
City of Seattle, Seattle Center Seattle Center Horiuchi Mural, repair mosaic tiles and roofcap $20,000
Seattle Church of Christ former 7th Church of Christ Scientist, replace roof system $25,000
Muoneke, Christi Weed Building, facade restoration $18,159


Name Project Title Award
Robert Smith, Owner Auburn Carnegie Library roof restoration project, phase 2 $7,764
City of Black Diamond Black Diamond Cemetery water service line replacement $2,007
City of Duvall Dougherty Farmhouse window restoration project, phase 2 $5,610
Falls City Masonic Hall Fall City Masonic Hall, exterior painting $9,700
City of Redmond Dudley Carter's Haida House No. 4, roof restoration $9,000
Issaquah Historical Society Replace deteriorated gutters on Issaquah Depot $9,668
Issaquah Sportsmen's Club Issaquah Sportsmen's Club $2,500
Karen Hatch, Owner Krain Tavern preservation plan $3,000
Lane Morgan, Owner Murray & Rosa Morgan Home, exterior painting & beetle infestation $8,000
Cynthia Walker, Owner North Bend Theatre, exterior painting & sign repair $9,200
Susan Wilson, Owner Luigi and Aurora Pagani House, replacing non-historic windows $6,438
Sammamish Heritage Society Reard House, window restoration $12,000
Richmond Masonic Center Assoc. Richmond Masonic Center, foundation repair $9,945
City of North Bend Tollgate Farmhouse, seismic updgrades $5,857


Name Project Title Award
Robert Smith Auburn Carnegie Library, roof replacement project $10,000
Phillip & Beverly Raymond August Lovegren House, window restoration $8,000
Robert & Remony Henry Beall Family Home, porch painting and repair $3,000
Woodinville Heritage Society DeYoung House, exterior painting $7,238
City of Duvall Dougherty Farmstead, window condition assessment and repair $4,727
Marian Brischle Marjesira Inn, materials to repair porch and foundation $4,000
White River Valley Museum Mary Olson Farm, weaving house chimney project $6,000
Rookwood Properties, LLC McGrath Hotel, new roof $10,000
Kirkland Arts Center Peter Kirk Building, window restoration $9,905
King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Preston Community Center, floor replacement project $7,500
Richmond Masonic Center Assoc. Richmond Masonic Temple, exterior painting, replacement of siding and trim $10,000
South King County Genealogical Society Saar Pioneer Cemetery, gravesite detection project $6,700
City of Snoqualmie Snoqualmie Downtown Historic District, facade rehabilitation design project $10,000
Cecil Catterall Thompson CafÈ, storefront preservation plan and emergency weatherproofing $3,000
Unity Masonic Temple Corporation Unity Lodge #198, exterior painting $7,000


Name Project Title Award
Thorson, Roger Hjertoos Farm House, window and siding repair $7,847
Smith, Robert Auburn Carnegie Library, restoration of the formal front entryway $8,671
Vierling, Jennifer and Coulter, Tim Neighbors-Bennett House, porch restoration project $10,000
Henry, Robert & Remony Beall Family Home, roof and gutter system replacement project $10,000
Sontgerath, Melinda Hardware Store Restaurant, foundation stabilization project $10,000
City of North Bend Tollgate Farmhouse, electrical connection $10,000
Skykomish Masonic Temple Skykomish Masonic Hall, chimney replacement $3,010
Walker, Cynthia North Bend Theatre, roof & exterior wall repair and preservation plan $7,000
Pike, Irene Charles & Minnie Moore House, window repair project $10,000
Paza, Silvija Colvos Store, window and door repairs $10,000
Unity Masonic Temple Corporation Unity Lodge #198, window restoration project $8,586
White River Valley Museum Mary Olson Farm, wagon road restoration project $1,688

If you've been approved to receive 4Culture historic preservation funding, here's what to expect


4Culture will send an email to notify you of your award when it has been approved by our Board of Directors.


In order to be awarded your funds, you must sign a contract with 4Culture. In an effort to make our contract process simpler and reduce our impact on the environment, 4Culture will provide your contract documents electronically.

Once your grant’s Scope of Service and Public Benefit have been developed, 4Culture prepares a contract for your review and signature. When it is ready, you will receive an e-mail from us through DocuSign. This email will contain a link to your documents, and you can review and electronically sign your contract. You will not be able to make changes to the contract, but if there is an error or you need to request changes, please contact Dana Phelan 206 263.1604.

After you have electronically signed your contract, and have returned any requested forms (such as a completed W-9 Form), 4Culture will also electronically sign your contract. Then, DocuSign will automatically e-mail you a signed, digital copy of your contract to keep for your permanent records. You’ll then be able to move ahead with your project, and invoice 4Culture for reimbursement when you are ready.

If we ask for a Certificate of Liability Insurance (COLI): You can request this Certificate from your agent, and it can be e-mailed, mailed, or faxed to 4Culture. We require "4Culture, Its Officers, Officials, Employees and Agents" be listed as Additional Insured on the certificate. Contact Dana Phelan if you have questions or problems with the Certificate of Liability Insurance.

Getting Paid

Once your 4Culture contract is signed by you and by 4Culture, your new grant will be listed in your account at under the Manage Awards section. To be reimbursed, follow the “Request Payment” link next to the contract and complete the Payment Request form.

You may submit a request for either a partial payment or final payment, in accordance with the payment schedule outlined in your Scope of Service.

When you submit an invoice, you’ll also provide a brief description of the work done under the invoice and the dates that the work took place. You must upload copies of receipts for all work done, equaling twice the total amount you are requesting in order to document your cost share.

In order to receive your final payment and close out your contract you must upload attachments for all deliverables noted in the Scope of Service and Public Benefit section in your agreement, including:

  • Evidence of acknowledgement of 4Culture support
  • Project documentation including nine (9) digital images showing before, during, and after the completion of your project. These photos should show how the project progressed and include workers on the job. For information on our image criteria, please review our Photo Documentation Guidelines.
  • Any additional requirements identified in your contract’s specific Scope of Service

Once you have submitted your Payment Request electronically, your funding manager is notified by the system – you do not need to email us. He or she will review and approve the invoice, and we will send you a check (usually within 14 days). If any of the forms are filled out incorrectly, we will contact you.


For all Landmarks Capital projects, 4Culture will provide a temporary construction banner for your project site, crediting 4Culture as a funder. You are required to hang the banner in a visible outdoor location during the active phase of your construction project.

Please also include acknowledgement of 4Culture support on project-related web pages, press releases, brochures, programs, flyers, signage, etc. You may use this logo on any such promotional materials.

Promote your 4Culture funded project using our Media Kit. Find out what’s required, what you can do and how we can help.

Best Practices

Let us know if we can provide you with any of the following:

  • Information about other funding resources
  • Referrals to other organizations, technical assistance, or services
  • Sample press releases
  • Tips on contacting your legislators and King County Council members. Your elected officials should know about the impact of your project!

Stay in touch with us

Let us know in advance when your work is happening, and if you have any questions or concerns along the way. We’re proud to support your project and hope we can help you in making it a success. Please contact Dana Phelan at 206 263.1604 for assistance.