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Whether it's a 19th century log house, an Art Deco school or a prehistoric shell midden, these places are silent witnesses to the history of King County and to its people's lives and cultures. Preserving our significant historic properties is the mission of the King County Historic Preservation Program and the Landmarks Commission. Welcome to this online tool for those interested in preservation efforts throughout the County.

Executive Constantine honors heritage, preservation, and legacy business advocates with John D. Spellman Awards

The recipients of the 21st annual John D. Spellman Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation are:

Vashon Theatre

Vashon Theatre, where first-run movies have been shown and community events have been hosted since 1947. Owners Eileen and Gordon Wolcott were honored in the Legacy Business category for their creative spirit, tireless stewardship, and community engagement, which has kept this mainstay business in Vashon’s town center thriving.

Volition Brewing

Volition Brewing for the outstanding rehabilitation of Glazier’s Dry Goods Store in downtown North Bend for new use as Volition Brewing Company. The dynamic partnership of property owner Craig Glazier and the entrepreneurial Volition Brewing Team - Lucas and Jamie Haines, Matthew Sherman, and Ayla Lukascik – were recognized for bringing new vibrancy to North Bend’s commercial core, making it an even more inviting place to gather.

The Lodge at St. Edward State Park

The Lodge at St. Edward State Park, a stunning, large-scale rehabilitation project that saved and transformed the threatened 1931 Saint Edward Seminary in Kenmore. Daniels Real Estate, the City of Kenmore, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission were honored for exemplary achievement in partnering to rehabilitate this monumental building for new use as a hotel, spa, and meeting venue and ensure its future in this remarkable setting.

Lorelea Hudson

Lorelea Hudson for her volunteer service and commitment to advancing public understanding of our cultural heritage, which has made a lasting impact on our community. An archaeologist, Lorelea was honored for her three decades of leadership, mentorship, and service in identifying and protecting cultural artifacts in our region and interpreting the history they represent.

For more information about historic preservation in King County, Washington, please contact Jennifer Meisner, Preservation Officer, Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks.