The City of Snohomish is a recipient of the Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Rehabilitation for recently completed renovations to their 1910 Carnegie library building.
Dr. Allyson Brooks, State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and Director of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) announced the 2021 award winners for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation. The award recognizes persons, organizations, and projects achieving distinction in the field of historic preservation in various award categories, including: Heritage Barn Rehabilitation, Preservation Stewardship, Historic Rehabilitation, Special Achievement, Career Achievement, and Media. The City of Snohomish is a recipient of the Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Rehabilitation for recently completed renovations to their 1910 Carnegie library building.
The other 2021 winners hail from Kenmore, Olympia, Renton, Pend Oreille County, Seattle, Spokane, and Startup.
The Carnegie building served the community as a library until 2003, when the current Snohomish public library was opened. The building sat empty for several years and had developed, among other issues, puddles in the annex caused by a leaky roof. In its efforts to find new use for the building, the City of Snohomish worked closely with the Snohomish Carnegie Foundation, a local nonprofit run by area residents. Rehabilitation work on the building included removal of an incompatible 1968 addition, repair and preventative maintenance of original terracotta detailing, and bringing the building up to code. The building now operates as the Snohomish Carnegie.
This year, the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation are unable to host an in-person ceremony as has been done in years past. However, the Department will be sharing the success of the award recipients using social media outlets. Those interested in learning more should follow DAHP on Facebook (@WASHPO) or subscribe to our blog at www.dahp.wa.gov/news-events.