Olympia Modern Tour – Oct 7, 2017

Docomomo WEWA and the City of Olympia Historic Preservation Program present a tour of Olympia’s mid-century Modern architecture on Saturday, October 7, 2017, to celebrate Docomomo US Tour Day.

Tour Day is Docomomo US’s annual national event that raises awareness of and appreciation for Modern design in the mid-20th century. All across the country, our friends and colleagues are producing great regional events in October.

As Washington’s capital, Olympia is best known as the seat of state government, anchored by the beautiful capitol campus and the 1928 Legislative Building with its impressive dome. Our tour will focus on the Olympia’s more recent architectural past.

On Tour Day, you’ll:

-Discover Olympia’s mid-century Modern architectural gems
-Learn about local history and architecture
-Tour six properties including the former City Hall, former Georgia-Pacific Plywood Headquarters, KGY radio station, and three private residences never before open to the public

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (please arrive at 12:45 pm to check-in)

Welcome and presentation on local history and architecture (1:00 pm); self-guided driving tour begins (1:45 pm)

WHERE: Meet and check-in at the Leigh Creighton Justice Center / Tour Site #1 (former City Hall) – 900 Plum St SE, Olympia, WA 98501 (parking available on the street or in the Justice Center parking lot until 1:45 pm)

COST: $15 (plus $1.52 service fee) – Click here to purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets by Friday, October 6. Tickets must be purchased online due to limited capacity. If there are tickets remaining, at-the-door sales the day of the event may be available.

Upon check-in, you’ll receive a tour brochure/map–this is your ticket to all the tour properties. The tour is an open house format and self-guided.

Questions? Email us at info@docomomo-wewa.org

All tour fees go toward future programs for Docomomo WEWA, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

We’d like to thank the property owners/hosts, volunteers, and the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for helping to make this event possible.

Docomomo WEWA’s programs are supported in part by a 4Culture Preservation Sustained Support grant.



The State Historic Preservation Officer and DAHP staff are sadly reminded about the fragility of our heritage resources with the sudden and complete destruction of the Miller-Brewer House near the Grand Mound community in south Thurston County. Katherine Kelly, Archaeologist for the State Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) informed DAHP late Tuesday (8/22) of the threat of a wind-driven wild fire on private land near DFW’s Scatter Creek Wildlife Area on which the Miller-Brewer House was located. Kelly’s visit to the site on Wednesday afternoon confirmed fears the the house and the nearby barn were consumed by the flames. The house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Washington Heritage Register and the Thurston County Register of Historic Places.

According to the National Register nomination authored by Historian Shanna Stevenson, the side gabled building with Greek Revival influences dates to before the Civil War. Both Miller and Brewer served in the Territorial Legislature and Brewer held other local public offices.

In 2007, Artifacts Consulting worked on behalf of the Thurston County Historical Commission to produce a historic structures report (HSR) for the house. Serving as a thorough documentation of the building and a guide for future stewardship, the HSR describes Miller-Brewer as “One of Washington state’s rare resources, this box frame–construction residence is an important example of building technology and materials, using heavy vertical cedar planks attached to beams and ledgers for the structure. As a representative example of this construction type, the house is one of Washington’s most intact (including rare nineteenth century interior decorative finishes) and best constructed example.”

2006 photo of Miller-Brewer House with barn in background


Attend Workshop on Disaster Recovery Planning for Cultural Resources on 9/7

The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is partnering with the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) and the Emergency Management Division (EMD) of the State Military Department to host a workshop on developing a statewide action plan for assisting heritage organizations to prepare for and recover in the event of a disaster. This is a timely workshop that will provide for audience interaction to learn and think about the cultural resources under your stewardship and how to prepare and respond to a disaster.

The workshop will be on Thursday September 7 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Washington State History Museum in downtown Tacoma. Registration is $15.00 which includes a parking pass. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registering for the event.

Heritage Workshop Disaster Recovery Planning for Cultural Resources wma


REMINDER: Deadline for Proposals to DAHP for Rise of La Raza

A quick reminder that proposals are due to be submitted to DAHP no later than 5:00 pm this coming Friday, July 14th.  The project is Phase II of DAHP’s effort to document and better understand the historic experience of the Hispanic community in Washington State. Phase II will focus on that experience from the mid to later decades of the 20th century in the Seattle metropolitan area and examining efforts by the community to organize and strive for a stronger voice in the affairs of Washington state. More information about the RFP can be found by visiting DAHP’s website at dahp.wa.gov or contact Greg Griffith at greg.griffith@dahp.wa.gov.



This is to notify you that Wisaard will be unavailable on Thursday June 29. We understand that this is short notice, but it is unavoidable and we ask for your understanding. Wisaard will be unavailable so that we can install the new E-APE feature. It should be back up and running on Friday June 30. However, please note that in the event of a state government shut-down, Wisaard will again be unavailable. If a state budget is not reached by 5:00 pm on June 30, Wisaard will be shut down.



The Washington State DAHP is requesting proposals for the inventory, documentation, evaluation and nomination of historic places in the Puget Sound region associated with Latino heritage. Proposals due July 14, 2017. Follow this link: http://www.dahp.wa.gov/ethnic-preservation to DAHP’s webpage with more information about the project and a link to the RFP document. Should you have any questions, contact Greg Griffith at: greg.griffith@dahp.wa.gov or 360-586-3073.



The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the Vanishing Treasures Program announces the availability of applications to their upcoming workshop on Traditional Finishes: Lime-Based Treatments at Grand Teton National Park on July 25-27. To register, go to this google forms link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeOscqdPdUOp029nFEKfwLN3BIFBF-bMHGwHHzsrdc5z5WEFw/viewform?c=0&w=1

For questions, contact Erin Gibbs, Training Coordinator at the Western Center for Historic Preservation or go to the Vanishing Treasures Training Program website at: vanishingtreasures@nps.gov.


Juliette Vogel Recovering from Accident

DAHP’s Assistant State Anthropologist Juliette Vogel was injured in a serious vehicle accident in SeaTac early Sunday morning as she was returning home after a week’s vacation with family. As of this writing, Juliette is currently in recovery at Harborview Hospital but expected to be released in the next day or two and return to her home in Olympia and under the care of family members. SHPO Allyson Brooks and State Anthropologist Guy Tasa are keeping in close contact with her and family members, although there is no known time frame of when she will be able to return to the office. In the meantime, all work related questions for Juliette should be directed to Guy at Guy.Tasa@dahp.wa.gov or 360-586-3534 or 360-790-1633. All of us here at DAHP join with her friends and family in wishing her a speedy recovery.


King County Hiring Archaeologist

Here is the link to the job description.







EZ Form Training July 13, 2017

EZ Form Training 

EZ Webinar for non-cultural resources professionals
Date: July 13, 2017
Time: 10 am until 11:15 am
Join Kim Gant for a comprehensive training webinar on the EZ forms including a tutorial of the EZ-2 in Wisaard. This webinar is limited to 100 participants and registration is required.

This training will cover:

  • When EZ-1,  EZ-2, and EZ-3 forms are necessary
  • Searching for existing properties on the map
  • Searching for existing properties in Search
  • Using existing records to complete a new EZ-2 form
  • Creating a new record to complete a new EZ-2 form
  • Adding photos and photo quality
  • Submitting the Activity
  • Activity Status
  • Finding the determination of eligibility for a property
  • Printing
  • Completing an EZ-3

Registrants will receive an email a few days before the webinar to link to the webinar. Everyone is welcome to participate. However, this training is geared to EZ users.  EZ-2 users are generally community service organization staff that are required to consult with DAHP for housing assistance programs in accordance with Section 106 or state or local government agency staff that are consulting with DAHP in accordance with Executive Order 0505 or SEPA. We will not cover the full Project module, full HPI form, or Archy site form in this session.