By Knute Berger
The annual list of “most endangered” historic properties around the state has been issued by the nonprofit Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.
The list is a warning system for important heritage properties that are likely to be demolished or are woefully neglected and need to be saved. This year’s list includes a Woodinville school dating back to the early 1900s, an old red barn in Kent, one of Kirkland’s last original Victorian-era homes, a set of stone houses in the eastern Washington farm community of LaCrosse, and a mid-century modern college campus once run by nuns on the Sammamish Plateau.
The most-endangered list is a plea, not a promise. In the past, it has helped save Seattle icons such as the First United Methodist Church downtown and Washington Hall in the Central District. However, landmarks such as the Gold Rush era’s George Carmack House and the historic sailing ship Wawona were demolished and scrapped, despite efforts.
All properties on each year’s list are worthy of preservation, all in jeopardy, all looking for help and creative solutions.