Three local organizations will share $4,000 in grants from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to help bolster bricks and mortar preservation projects in the South Sound.

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The non-profit organization Historic Fox Theatre Restorations was awarded $2,000 to help with a phased, multi-year project to rehabilitate the 89-year-old Fox Theatre in Centralia. According to the Washington Trust, the grant will go toward replacing the ticket booth, resurfacing the entry plaza, and returning the front entry doors and doorway to a more period-appropriate Art Deco design. 

Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood was awarded $1,000 to help pay for the replacement of the existing shingle roof of the Wagner House, which has experienced moisture damage from leaks. A new roof will protect the structure and preserve the artworks and antiques housed in the Carroll O’Rourke Library.

The North Bay Historical Society in Mason County was awarded $1,000 to help purchase lumber as part of a project to rehabilitate the 1950s-era Sargent Oyster House.

In total, the Seattle-based Washington Trust for Historic Preservation awarded $10,000 to eight organizations statewide through the Valerie Sivinski Fund, an annual program that provides grants worth up to $2,000 to organizations engaged in historic preservation.

The award is named after the former Tacoma resident and late historic preservation advocate Valerie Sivinski. Since 1997, the program has awarded nearly $150,000 in cash grants to more than 130 organizations statewide.

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