The 4Culture Board recently awarded $258,006 to support the rehabilitation of 19 local landmarks around King County through the new Landmarks Capital program, including two landmarks in the International District: The Hip Sing Building and the Panama Hotel.
Built in 1910 for the Hip Sing family association, the Hip Sing Building currently serves as a mixed-use residential and commercial property and community center. The association applied for funding to repair the original fire escape, an ornate and prominent feature on the building’s west façade. Full funding of $27,000 will be awarded, making the fire escape fully functional and allowing for future repairs to the upper floors of the building.
The Panama Hotel was also awarded $22,412 to restore its windows and exterior.
Built in 1910 by Sabro Ozasa, a Japanese Architect and graduate of the University of Washington, the hotel has served as a home for generations of Japanese immigrants, Alaskan fisherman, and international travelers.
Overall, the 19 projects supported through the 2013 Landmarks Capital program will generate over $1.3 million in construction projects around King County by the time they are completed. (end)