2018 Historic Homes Fair Recap

Wallingford Historic Homes Fair

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle
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This day-long event brought together experts of all kinds to celebrate the old house. A listing of the seminars, how-to and ask-an-expert sessions, and exhibitors is below.

Exhibitor Hall – 10 AM to 4 PM 
An ideal opportunity to ask questions of and get inspired by area retailers and experts in historic preservation, restoration, and renovation. Exhibitors included:
The Johnson Partnership – Architect
Jackson Remodeling LLC – Contractor
Sound Seismic LLC – Seismic Retrofit
Heritage Art Glass – Stained and Art Glass
Chosen Wood Window Maintenance – Wood Window Repair
Second Use – Building Materials
Phil Wood Gardens – Landscape Design
Phinney Ridge Painting & Home Services – Painting & Maintenance
Nickel Bros – Building Moving / Basement Excavation
Luna Bath & Kitchen – Design & Cabinetry
Pacific Northwest Shop – PNW-made products & specialty items

City of Seattle Dept. of Construction & Inspections – 10 to 12:30 and 1  to 4
Representatives were available for short consultations about projects and answered questions about the City’s permitting process.

Seminar Preservation Primer, 10 to 11:15
Sarah J. Martin, Historian, SJM Cultural Resource Services
Susan Boyle, AIA, Principal, BOLA Architecture + Planning
Presented on the landmarking process, what it means for property owners, and financial incentive programs. A Q&A session will followed their presentations. Click HERE to watch a video of this session.

How-To Researching Your Home’s History, 10:30-11 / 11 to 11:30 / 1:30 to 2 / 2 to 2:30
Kim England, Geographer, University of Washington
This hands-on computer-based workshop emphasized free online resources to assist participants in gathering documents and historical records about their home, including when it was built, archival materials and who lived there in the past.

Ask-an-Expert Patty Allen, Managing Broker, Windermere, 10:30 to 12 and 12:30 to 2
Patty Allen, a lifelong Wallingford resident with more than 35 years of experience as a real estate broker in Seattle, was available for one-on-one consultations.

Ask-An-Expert  Representatives from BECU, 10:30 to 12
BECU is a local credit union, a not-for-profit financial institution proudly serving our community and members for more than 75 years.
Brittany Pratt – Member Consultant 3, BECU
Brittany shared general BECU knowledge and answer questions about products and services and HELOC (rates/time frames/amounts).

Kristine Connelly – Mortgage Advisor, BECU
Kristine answered questions pertaining to BECU’s mortgage products (REFI, purchase and more)

Seminar  A Virtual Walk through Wallingford, 11:30 to 12:45
Thomas Veith, Architectural Historian, Designer, and Author
Tom discussed Wallingford’s rich architectural heritage and the story of its development. He is the author of A Preliminary Sketch of Wallingford’s History, 1855-1985 and, in 2005, completed a survey of residences in Wallingford for Seattle’s Historic Preservation program. Click HERE to watch a video of this session.

Ask-An-Expert  Marty Smith, Masonry Restoration Specialist, 12:30 to 2 PM
Asking the right questions: What is masonry restoration?  Why and when is it necessary? How does properly applied masonry restoration enhance the beauty and longevity of a home?

Seminar Craftsman Homes in the Modern Age, 1 to 2
Julie Campbell, Architect, CTA Design Builders, Inc.
Craftsman homes were traditionally, and intentionally designed to create a cozy hand-made retreat; a sanctuary that would provide connection with nature and sustenance to the soul. This lecture illuminated that original design rationale to guide those planning to remodel an existing, or build a new Craftsman style home. Click HERE to watch a video of this session.

Seminar  The ABCs of Earthquake Retrofitting, 2 to 3
Leif Jackson, Sound Seismic LLC

Seminar Energy Retrofitting Older Homes, 3 to 4
George Ostrow, VELOCIPEDE architects inc
George presented the core issues and pro tricks of reducing the energy use of your older house. Discussion touched on insulation, air sealing, moisture management, heating and hot water systems, appliances, and lighting. Click HERE to watch a video of this session.

Ask-an-Expert Sarah J. Martin, Historian, SJM Cultural Resource Services, 2:30 to 4
Sarah was available to answer questions about landmarking, researching historic properties, and historic architectural styles.

Film Screening  Bungalow Heaven – Preserving a Neighborhood, 2:30 to 4
This film is about a group of neighbors in Pasadena, California, who successfully resisted the piecemeal destruction of their early-20th-century neighborhood. Bungalow Heaven, as the neighborhood is known, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.