June 19 Informational Meeting Explores the Remarkable Design and Historic Significance of Mount Baker’s Hunter Tract

Mt Baker Park Presbyterian ChurchPlease join us on June 19, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church (3201 Hunter Blvd S.), for an informational meeting with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and Northwest Vernacular.   The meeting will explore the historic importance of Mount Baker’s Hunter Tract — a unique combination of architecture and landscape design reflecting the foundational influence of the Olmsted Brothers, with the nationally recognized Franklin High School, Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church, Mount Baker Clubhouse, gracefully connected by the Olmsted MTBkc_aerial1932parks and parkways of Mount Baker Boulevard, Mount Baker Park, and Lake Washington Boulevard.   At the meeting the public will be invited to engage on the compelling case for recognizing the Hunter Tract as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation’s official list of properties worthy of preservation because of their historic value. Properties listed in the National Register must have architectural integrity and a story to tell.InformationalFlyer_170609.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

The Friends of Mount Baker Town Center believe this neighborhood is architecturally remarkable and historically significant as a planned neighborhood. The Friends of Mount Baker Town Center received a grant from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund to nominate the neighborhood as a historic district in the National Register. A historic preservation consulting firm, Northwest Vernacular, has been hired to prepare the nomination.
Please join us for an informational meeting with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) and Northwest Vernacular to learn more about this process on June 19th.

Plan for Seattle Park System 1908•  Can homeowners modify, remodel, or renovate their historic house? Absolutely! Owners of National Register properties can remodel, renovate, or sell their property with no restrictions imposed by the designation.

•  Will homeowners have to open their homes to the public or tours? No, theywill not.

•  Does listing affect property rights? The National Register does not restrict a property owner’s private property rights.

•  Is there an opportunity for public input? Yes! There will be a second public meeting before the formal submittal of the nomination.

•  Is a National Register designation the same as a City of Seattle Landmark designation? No. They are two different programs maintained by different entities and with different purposes.

The Friends of Mount Baker Town Center is a community-based organization fiscally sponsored by the Seattle Parks Foundation.   We are looking for volunteers to join us on this exciting project, which is supported with a grant by 4Culture.   Please contact us at towncenterfriends@gmail.com if you would like to join our volunteer team as we review and update the field work related to the history of this area.   For more information on the National Register, please visit the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation at http://www.dahp.wa.gov/national-register-of-historic-places

Thank you!

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