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I’m sure you’ve heard the story by now. A request of $250,000 in taxpayer money to repair the windows at the Rainier Club is on U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott’s earmarks list for 2010. If approved, the money would come from a program for historic-preservation projects and match an equal amount already raised by members. But it’s still a long shot.
I won’t go into debating the validity of the request, but I do hope they find the money somewhere. The historic building, located at Fourth Avenue between Marion and Columbia Streets, deserves to be kept in good shape.
Now, putting the issue of the windows aside, what I would actually like is to get a peek of what goes on inside the centenarian club, which was founded in 1888 and moved to this building in 1904. The news story has left me wondering who its members are and what they do. I read that they played an important role in the reconstruction of Seattle after the Great Fire of 1889. But, what about now, 120 years later?
Shrug, wink: Everybody else does it, by Danny Westneat.
Earmark “unlikely” for Rainier Club, by Lewis Kamb.
McDermott backs $250,000 federal earmark for Seattle’s elite Rainier Club, by Lewis Kamb and David Heath.
June 26, 2009 at 5:04 PM