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Presented annually by the King County Executive. The Awards are named for Governor John D. Spellman who was King County’s first Executive Officer and responsible for the creation of the King County Historic Preservation Program and Landmarks Commission.

2015 Winners

Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry recognized recipients of the 2015 John D. Spellman Preservation Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation on September 24th at the North Bend Theatre in North Bend, WA.

  • Julie Koler — for career achievement and in recognition of her leadership and development of innovative programs to preserve King County's cultural heritage.
  • Steve & Georgia Teodosaidis — for exemplary achievement in the façade restoration of Bellinger's Bakery.
  • Bassetti Architects — for exemplary achievement in compatible design and incorporation of Ronald School into the new Shorewood High School.
  • King County Road Services Division — for exemplary achievement in mitigation and interpretation related to the 14th Avenue Bridge Replacement Project.
  • City of Des Moines — for exemplary achievement in restoring the Des Moines Beach Park dining hall after an earthquake, floods, and multiple agency approvals.

2014 Winners

Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry recognized recipients of the 2014 John D. Spellman Preservation Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation on May 15th at the Keewaydin Clubhouse on Mercer Island.

  • Colonel Carl B. Lind, U.S. Army, Retired — for career achievement in public service and selfless dedication to making a positive difference in the cultural life of King County and Washington.
  • Leon Leeds, Ph.D. — for career achievement in archaeology and for his advocacy and action that paved the way for the protection of archaeological resources in King County.
  • King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Environmental Planning Team — for excellence in cultural resource planning and compliance and for their proactive stewardship of the county’s cultural resources.
  • New Community Church — for adaptive reuse of the Olof and Matilda Olson Barn, a Maple Valley icon, as a worship center and community meeting place.
  • Neely Mansion Association — for the outstanding restoration of the Aaron Neely House near Auburn, including the recent restoration of the ornate porches.
  • Teddy Jo Ryder and Charlie Brown — for their commitment to reconstructing the Whistling Post, an important Skykomish gathering place, after a disastrous fire.

2013 Winners

King County Executive Dow Constantine recognized recipients of the 2013 John D. Spellman Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation at a joint awards ceremony with the Association of King County Historical Organizations on April 23rd at the Museum of History & Industry.

  • City of Des Moines – for the exacting restoration of the Des Moines Beach Park Auditorium, a significant mid-century community meeting hall.
  • VFW Post 5760, Mercer Island – for rehabilitation and stewardship of the 1922 Keewaydin Clubhouse, an important island gathering place.
  • Camp Korey at Carnation Farm – for the outstanding adaptive reuse of several buildings at this once world-renowned dairy farm into a state-of-the-art summer camp for children with life-threatening and serious illnesses.
  • Sammamish Heritage Society – for their persistent and effective advocacy for the preservation of the Jacob & Emma Reard House, one of the last farmhouses on the Sammamish Plateau.

2012 Winners

King County Executive Dow Constantine recognized recipients of the 2012 John D. Spellman Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation on May 24th at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse.