The preservation scrum is on.
Backers of 25 properties in the Puget Sound region are battling for slices of a $1 million grant in the annual Partners in Preservation on-line competition.
American Express puts up the money, the National Trust for Historic Preservation contributes its expertise, and the nominated sites vie for votes here:
It’s a Seattle-heavy list, with the Fifth Avenue Theater, King Street Station, Town Hall, the Urban League Building and the Naval Reserve Armory among the usual suspects.
The Point No Point Lighthouse is on it, as are the Schooner Adventuress and the Tugboat Arthur Foss.
Pierce County historians brought Thea Foss to the kick-off as a reminder of historic glories south of the county line.
Titlow Park Lodge is in the running, along with the Spanish Steps, which need landscaping. Gig Harbor’s Skansie Brothers Net Shed fared well in early voting.
The Anderson Island Historical Society is going for help with the upkeep of its farm property.
With one of the most compelling story lines in the competition, the Orting Soldiers’ Home is seeking the money to kick start a project that would return the Garfield Barracks to use as a home for homeless, honorably discharged veterans.
Partners in Preservation has benefitted New Orleans, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco since 2006, and winners generally received grants of about $100,000.
You’re welcome to vote once a day every day through May 12.