Tumwater Historical Association -- Michael Houser, WA State Architectural Historian (Regional Events)
Join State Architectural Historian Michael Houser as we learn about Washington’s most treasured sites listed on National Register of Historic Places. Houser will talk about the National Register program, how to get properties listed, what it means to be listed, and share with us which sites are listed on the Register in Washington State. A native of Vancouver Washington, Michael has been working as the program manager of the State, National Register and heritage programs for nearly 18 years. His previous work experience includes time at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI; the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana; and Thomas Hickey Architects in Chicago. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a Master of Science Degree in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University. Michael helped bring post WWII resources into the states focus by establishing the “Nifty-from-the-Last 50 Initiative” in 2003 which initially documented over 300 mid-century modern buildings across the state. His current pet project includes creating over 130 biographies on architects and designers who practiced Washington state during the 1950s and 60s, and he has recently developed a study of Seattle area Parade of Homes during the 1950s and 60s.