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Bainbridge Island to Study Historic Suyematsu Farm

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Archive photo of the historic Suyematsu Farm on Bainbridge Island.

The City of Bainbridge Island has issued a request for qualifications seeking a historian or architectural historian to complete a historic structures report/management plan and local historic register nomination form for the Suyematsu Farm located on Day Road. The purpose of the study is to assess the buildings on the Suyematsu Farm to provide a better understanding of their significance and historical uses, while helping to prioritize the buildings for any possible future rehabilitation efforts. The chosen consultant will also complete the nomination form for the Bainbridge Island Historic Register. If the City Council approves the nomination, the Suyematsu Farm would become the first publically owned property on the local register. The consultant will be paid for by a $20,000 grant the City received from the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation, through the efforts of the Historic Preservation Commission and Friends of the Farm.

The City of Bainbridge Island acquired the farm in 2001 from Japanese-American farmer Akio Suyematsu, who continued to farm the property under a life estate until his passing in 2012. It is the oldest continually operated farm in Kitsap County. Farming operations on the Suyematsu Farm are currently managed by the Bainbridge Island non-profit Friends of the Farm.

The project will commence with field work in January 2015, continue with architectural descriptions and assessments of the farm structures, and conclude with a feasibility study and local register nomination in August 2015. Visit the City’s website to learn more, and to download the request for qualifications. Qualifications must be submitted electronically to Heather Beckmann or mailed to: 280 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 by 4 pm, Friday, December 5, 2014.

Any questions or submissions regarding the request for qualifications can be addressed to Heather Beckmann, Associate Planner at (206) 780-3754.
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