Small Program, Big Impact

Creative Commons Bendigo Rd looking South, North Bend, WA, photo by Konrad Roeder, used under CC BY-SA 2.5
Creative Commons Bendigo Rd looking South, North Bend, WA, photo by Konrad Roeder, used under CC BY-SA 2.5

2015 Preservation Special Projects Deadline Reminder

Creative Commons Bendigo Rd looking South, North Bend, WA, photo by Konrad Roeder, used under CC BY-SA 2.5
Creative Commons Bendigo Rd looking South, North Bend, WA, photo by Konrad Roeder, used under CC BY-SA 2.5

The two-story Sunset Garage has anchored the main crossroads in downtown North Bend for 86 years. Originally built as a mercantile store, it was quickly converted to service cars traveling the Old Sunset Highway. With original Art Moderne features, garage service door and steel windows, the building sits as a visual anchor reminding travelers of the important connection between regional transportation history and local commerce. Last year, the owner applied for and received full funding through 4Culture’s Preservation Special Projects program to conduct a survey of the buildings’ unique steel windows. The window survey was an important first step in identifying deterioration issues, and making critical repairs for occupancy.

Detail, steel window assessment survey, Sunset Garage, North Bend © 2014 Brian Rich
Detail, steel window assessment survey, Sunset Garage, North Bend © 2014 Brian Rich

Through the Preservation Special Projects program both private property owners and organizations based in King County can request funding for planning projects or structural investigations critical to capital repairs, but often a lower priority due to cost. 4Culture seeks to support good preservation practices, which begins with improved knowledge of existing resources. Other investigative reports funded through this program include a historic structures report for the Panama Hotel in Seattle, a National Historic Landmark; design recommendations to increase public access for the Lightship No. 83 “Swiftsure” docked at South Lake Union Park; and an architectural assessment of the Hannan House, an important City of Bothell landmark and museum.

The deadline for Preservation Special Projects is Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 5PM. View the program’s guidelines at www.4culture.org/apply/preservationprojects, and if you have any questions contact Project Manager Brandi Link at (206) 263-1593.