Demolition Threat: Issaquah’s Providence Heights
by John Maloney, Issaquah, Washington, Unites States, 1961
DATE: 14/4/2017
"Providence Heights was built in the early 1960s, and preservationists consider it significant and worthy of being “adaptively reused” – that is, converted to some other purpose, but kept intact rather than being demolished. The City Church occupied the campus for many years, but it is currently vacant.

Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (WTHP), a statewide group, previously added Providence Heights to its Most Endangered List.

Jennifer Mortenson, WTHP’s preservation services coordinator, said Thursday that the WTHP believes Providence Heights could be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and that the campus should, at the very least, undergo more scrutiny and study before a demolition permit is issued.

The WTHP website cites historical and architectural reasons for Providence Heights’ significance: “Providence Heights College and Provincialate was founded in 1961 as a response to the Sister Formation Conference … an intercongregational effort to enhance the professional lives of religious women. Activities of the associated ‘Sister Formation Movement’ included promotion of college education for sisters. Providence Heights College was one of only two institutions in the nation established at that time specifically for this purpose … the campus is a remarkable union of multiple educational, residential, and spiritual buildings, that used the finest contemporary materials available, with deft Mid-Twentieth-Century styling and bold engineering.”"

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