News & Events
Painter Preservation's work on the Spokane Mid-20th Century Modern Context Statement and Inventory was recognized with a national award from the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions at their recent meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The Commission Excellence Award went to the Spokane Landmarks Commission for their role in sponsoring the project, which was recognized for its active engagement of the public and its social media strategy. For more about the project, see the dedicated webpage.
Painter Preservation along with Helveticka has been recognized for the "Spokane Mid-20th Century Modern Context Statement and Inventory" project, which has won the Washington State Historic Preservation Officer's Award for Outstanding Achievements in Historic Preservation in the area of Media. We designed a robust social media campaign for the project in order to "get the word out" about Spokane's great modern resources. Among the strategies was to post a different building every week on the Spokane Historic Preservation Office's Facebook page, which greatly enhanced its following. For more about the project, see the dedicated webpage.
An article on the City of Spokane Mid-20th Century Modern Context Statement and Inventory, completed by Painter Preservation with Helveticka, was recently published in "This Place," the quarterly magazine of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. The article, authored by Historic Preservation Officer Megan Duvall and entitled "Mid-Century Spokane, Appreciating a new era of historic preservation," highlights the contribution of Spokane's modern masters and the successful social media strategy employed to "get the word out" about Modernism in Spokane. Read article
Diana Painter will be presenting a paper at the March 14-18, 2018 Conference of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation entitled, "Landscapes of Succession, Paraiso Hot Springs and Jonesboro Ranch, Two Case Studies." This paper explores two contrasting strategies for the re-development of two large rural properties that have been actively used since the time they were occupied by Native Americans. Both located in rugged, arid locations, they each present their own challenges in balancing preservation and conservation.
I am pleased to announce that Painter Preservation has been selected to be part of a three year, On-Call contract to evaluate historic resources in the City and County of San Francisco. San Francisco is a fascinating city, and we are looking forward to the challenge!
I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed to the City of Spokane Plan Commission. The Plan Commission provides for public involvement in planning issues and makes recommendations on planning goals, policies, and regulations to the City Council. A recent action was the recommendation of a progressive new historic preservation ordinance on behalf of the City's Historic Preservation Office.
Diana Painter is pleased to announce that she has been elected to a third term as president of the Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross chapter. The Marion Dean Ross chapter includes members from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia and is part of a national and international organization. The chapter's main professional activities are conducting an annual conference with scholarly papers and granting research scholarships. More information on the upcoming conference in Astoria
Painter Preservation has been hired by the Sonoma Valley Historical Society to conduct a post-2017 fire survey update for the Sonoma Valley. The Nuns fire destroyed hundreds of properties in the Sonoma Valley in October 2017, many of them historically significant. The grant to undertake this work was awarded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the California Fund. Following the completion of this work, Painter Preservation will embark on the preparation of a Historic Context Statement. This work follows on surveys of approximately 300 historic properties in Sonoma Valley, including the Sonoma Developmental Center, from 2012 to 2014, and is funded by the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department from Transient Occupancy Tax funds.
Diana Painter moderated a panel discussion at the Forum 2016 annual meeting of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions in Mobile, AL. The panel discussion, entitled, "Preservation Plans: Community engagement, development and implementation," focused on preservation planning and featured the historic preservation officers for Tacoma, King County, and Olympia, all in Washington State.
Diana Painter was selected to present a paper at the 2014 meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia New Zealand (SAHANZ) annual meeting in Auckland, New Zealand. The theme of the conference was, "Translations." Diana's paper entitled, "Regional Modernism on the West Coast: A Tale of Four Cities," and focuses on the similarities and differences in mid-20th-century residential design in four west coast cities. Read Paper
Diana Painter was selected to present a paper at the 2014 meeting of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, which took place in Galloway Township, New Jersey this year. Her paper, entitled "Pietro Belluschi's Aloha Farmhouse, An Evolving Vernacular Vocabulary," focuses on a Craftsman-era residence that renowned Pacific Northwest architect Pietro Belluschi remodeled and lived in with his family from 1944 to 1948. The paper focuses on the influences on Belluschi's residential architecture in this time frame, as evidenced in his remodel of this modest farmhouse.
Diana Painter offered a presentation on Painter Preservation's survey of mid-20th-century architecture in Montana at the 2012 meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians Marion Dean Ross chapter. The survey, which focused heavily on public and educational resources, such as college and high school campuses, took place throughout the state in 2009-10. The title of the talk was, "Surveying Mid-Century Modern Resources: The Montana Experience." The project was sponsored by the Montana Historic Preservation Office and was funded with a Preserve America grant.