Historic buildings get grant for renovation

Several historic buildings in the Snoqualmie Valley were awarded grants from 4Culture, King County's cultural services agency, last week. The buildings include two in Snoqualmie and one each in Carnation and North Bend.

"Maintaining historic places is important for our region as it continues to grow and develop," said 4Culture Executive Director Jim Kelly. "A vibrant community includes a broad spectrum of opportunities for daily interaction with arts and heritage."

Rural properties designated as King County Landmarks, or properties located in communities that participate in the King County Interlocal Preservation Program, are eligible. Grants are awarded based on several factors, including project feasibility, quality of preservation work and potential for extending the life of the landmark structure. Landmark Rehabilitation Program awards are recommended by a review panel of county residents who have expertise in architecture and historic preservation and are approved by the 4Culture Board of Directors.

"The monetary awards are just one aspect of this program," said Flo Lentz, 4Culture's preservation program manager. "Coupled with the funding, applicants receive valuable guidance on projects through consultation with a committee of the King County Landmarks Commission. This process ensures that restoration projects are done in a historically accurate way with long-term impact."

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