Historic Wallingford invites you to attend their final event for 2019.
- Friday, November 8th, 7-9pm
- Discovery House (Seattle First Church of the Nazarene)
- 4401 2nd Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
- Free to Historic Wallingford members, $10 for non-members (you can join at the door or online)
Kathryn Rogers Merlino will discuss her recent book ; Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design.
We have some significant old buildings in Wallingford that have been carefully cared for and adapted for a use that is different from their original intent. The Good Shepherd Center was once the Home of the Good Shepherd, a convent for the Order of the Good Shepherd and a landing place for young women and now functions as a community center under the ownership of Historic Seattle. The Wallingford Community Senior Center, Tilth, and other non-profit organizations meet here, and there areas living spaces on the top floor as well.
The Wallingford Center, home to retail and apartment spaces, for nearly 70 years was the Interlake Elementary School. The 45th Street Health Clinic was the Wallingford Fire and Police Station. Examples abound of other old but less historic buildings that have been adapted for office and retail: the dentist at N. 45th and Densmore , the offices to the north of that on Densmore, and the old theatre on Meridian in Tangletown.
Wallingford is a historic neighborhood and great example for good stewardship of historic architecture in Seattle. With this in mind, join Historic Wallingford in welcoming associate professor of architecture and the director of the Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, Kathryn Rogers Merlino. Dr. Merlino will share findings from her recent book, and we will learn about how reusing and reimagining existing buildings can reduce carbon emissions, spur economic growth and improve neighborhood character.
“When we travel, we seek out existing buildings and places because they have a history and a cultural value to them. I think the messiness and complexity of older buildings appeals to our human nature, often more than new buildings, especially when they look exactly like all the rest of the buildings in the neighborhood.”—Kathryn Rogers Merlino
To learn more and to RSVP to assure your seat, go to historicwallingford.org