Posted by: wadahp | May 11, 2010

FRIDAY HARBOR & SAN JUAN ISLAND PRESERVATION MONTH CALENDAR

 

National Preservation Month

Calendar of Events— Historic Friday Harbor and San Juan Island

Saturday, May 1st, 9-10:30am, Free Guided Walking Tour of Friday Harbor’s Historic District. To celebrate May 2010 National Historic Preservation Month, the Town of Friday Harbor conducts free guided tours of the downtown historic district, and May 1st is the first tour of the season! Join historic preservation coordinator, Sandy Strehlou, for an insider’s look at Friday Harbor’s colorful past. Tours begin at Memorial Park, located at Front and Spring streets. Participants will need to be able to walk comfortably on town sidewalks, including some hills, for 1.5 hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Tours happen rain or shine and are free to the public. Contact: Sandy Strehlou Email: sstrehlou@fridayharbor.org Phone: 360.378.2810 More Info: http://www.historicfridayharbor.org. 

Saturday, May 8th, 2pm, Walking Tour of Historic Roche Harbor Village. Join Roche Harbor Lodging Director, Sam Jacobson, on a free guided tour through historic Roche Harbor village, formerly the site of a substantial lime quarry and kiln operation that lead to the creation of a company town, known today as Roche Harbor Resort. The resort is home to the Hotel de Haro, the chapel and former school house, Our Lady of Good Voyage, and other historic buildings, and lime industry sites. Roche Harbor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sign up for the tour in the lobby of the De Haro. Free to the public. Contact: Sam Jacobson Email: sam@rocheharbor.com Phone: 360.370.7743 More Info: http://www.rocheharbor.com.

Wednesday, May 12th, 7pm, Casting the First Stone: The History of Concrete Block Buildings in Friday Harbor, San Juan Historical Museum, 405 Price Street, Friday Harbor, WA. Discover the intriguing history behind this often underappreciated building material.  Concrete block, or “cast stone,” was molded to resemble carved or chiseled rock. It was a popular ‘cheap, quick, and easy’ building material, typical of the early 19th century.  The Friday Harbor Brick and Tile Company manufactured the blocks and bricks used to build significant local buildings in downtown Friday Harbor. Guess which historic downtown buildings boast this masonry? One is on the National Register of Historic Places and another will be the future home of the permanent farmers’ market. Architectural historian, Boyd Pratt solves these stone-cold mysteries and more! Admission: no charge to Museum members; others a recommended donation $5. Contact: Kevin Loftus Email:museum_admin@sjmuseum.org  Phone: 360.378-3949  More Info: http://sjmuseum.org/.

Saturday, May 15th, 9am-10:30am, Free Guided Walking Tour of Friday Harbor’s Historic District. (See May 1st tour for more details)

Saturday, May 15th, 1-4pm, San Juan Historical Museum Silver Tea and Quilt Show. An island tradition, the Historical Museum’s Silver Tea celebrates island parlor teas of an earlier time. This year a sampling of the Museum’s impressive collection of over 50 historic quilts will be on display. Admission: no charge to Museum members; others a recommended donation $5. Contact: Kevin Loftus Email:museum_admin@sjmuseum.org  Phone: 360.378-3949  More Info: http://sjmuseum.org/.

Sunday, May 16th, 2-4 pm, Historic Christian Science Church and Reading Room Tour and Open House, 506 Guard Street, Friday Harbor. Take the insiders tour of the former Seventh Day Adventist Church built in 1900, later used as an additional elementary school classroom, and in 1923 purchased by the local Christian Scientist congregation. The Christian Scientists have used the building for church services for the past 87 years. No charge for this event. Contact: Fabia Schriber  Email:fabiajohn@hotmail.com Phone: 360.378.2256. 

Thursday, May 20th, 6pm, Partners in Preservation Awards, 860 Guard Street, Friday Harbor.  Every year the Town of Friday Harbor’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) recognizes a project, group or individual for exemplary achievement in preservation. This year’s award goes to Steve Schramm and Jean Turner of Island Gardens Company for faithfully preserving the c1900 Smoots/Gerard House.  Join the HPRB, as we congratulate Steve and Jean            turner, reception to follow. Contact: Sandy Strehlou Email: sstrehlou@fridayharbor.org Phone: 360.378-2810.

Friday, May 21th, 2pm, Guided Tour of the Historic San Juan County Courthouse, 350 Court Street @ Second. Court and government business have been conducted in the formal red-brick San Juan County Courthouse for over 100 years. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Join District Court administrator, Marion Melville, for an insider’s tour and historical account of this great building. Meet inside the Second Street entrance. No charge for the tour. Contact: Marion Melville  Email: MarionM@co.san-juan.wa.us  Phone: 360.378.4017. 

Saturday, May 22nd , 9am-10:30am, Free Guided Walking Tour of Friday Harbor’s Historic District. (See May 1st tour for more details)

Saturday, May 29nd , 9am-10:30am, Free Guided Walking Tour of Friday Harbor’s Historic District. (See May 1st tour for more details)

Sunday, May 30th, 2-4pm, Historic St. Francis Catholic Church Tour and Open House, 425 Price Street, Friday Harbor. Take the insiders tour of historic St. Francis Church, built in 1875 in San Juan Valley, and relocated to Friday Harbor, sans its steeple, in 1959. There is no charge for this event. Contact: Jan Steckler  Email: stfrancisfh@centurytel.net  Phone: 360-378-2910.

 For more information contact Sandy Strehlou, Town of Friday Harbor, 360.378.2810 or sstrehlou@fridayharbor.org.

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