SIERR Building at McKinstry Station in Spokane, Wash., to Receive Preservation Honor Award

Washington, D.C. (October 24, 2012) –The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the SIERR Building at McKinstry Station in Spokane, Wash.  The project is one of 22 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2012 National Preservation Conference next week in Spokane.

In 1907, Spokane was at the forefront of electric transportation technology, and the Spokane Inland Empire Railroad Building served as an influential hub in the development of electric railroads in the region. But that success was short lived due to the rapid rise of the automobile, and the SIERR Building was abandoned. Decades later, McKinstry CEO Dean Allen saw in the building the opportunity to demonstrate the company’s values of innovation, creativity and sustainability by putting the building to use for offices and retail. 

Funding for the project came from local, state and federal tax credits, as well as a grant for innovative design and energy conservation. The project attained LEED Gold Certification status through a variety of green features. Extensive masonry cleaning met stringent historic standards and used only ecologically friendly methods.  Staircases feature reclaimed wood from the project, and car barn doors have been preserved as tables and room dividers.

The SIERR Building at McKinstry Station is not only revitalizing the neighborhood, it has also resurrected a major part of Spokane’s history. In 1907, the building was designed to represent a new, emerging era in transportation technology. Today it represents a new, emerging era in preservation.             

“While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “Whether it’s the restoration of an iconic post office in Philadelphia or the transformation of a Greyhound bus station into a Civil Rights museum in Montgomery, this year’s Honor Award winners demonstrate how saving places is bolstering local economies and creating jobs in communities across the country.” 

The award will be presented to McKinstry at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Spokane, Wash., on Friday, November 2.

Co-recipients are: The City of Spokane; CTA Group; DCI Engineers; Design Source, Inc.; Lydig Construction; and Stephen Day Architecture PLLC.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at www.PreservationNation.org/awards.

The 2012 National Preservation Award Winners: 

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Donovan Rypkema, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station--Freedom Rides Museum, Montgomery, Ala 

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation: M. Rosalind Sagara, Riverside, Calif.   

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Enid Pinkney, Coral Gables, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Saint Luke’s Manor, Cleveland.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn.  

John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy: John Andrew Gallery, Philadelphia.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: The Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago.

THE 2012 NATIONAL PRESERVATION HONOR AWARD WINNERS:

30th Street Main Post Office, Philadelphia.

ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, Ohio.

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center, Chicago.

Leavenworth Building 19, Leavenworth, Kan.

Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island’s Preservation of Duey’s Home, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City, Iowa.

Main Building at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

Market Square Place, Pittsburgh. 

New Orleans U.S. Custom House, New Orleans.

Oswego Iron Furnace, Lake Oswego, Ore.  

Accident Fund National Headquarters/Ottawa Street Power Station, Lansing, Mich.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, Spokane, Wash.

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, Mo.

Washington State Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative, Wash.   

 

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