On April 9, Gene Grulich, AIA, director of BLRB Architects’ Historic Preservation Studio, received the Tacoma Historical Society’s Alan C. Liddle Award for his historic preservation work in the city of Tacoma.
Established in 2007 and named in honor of Tacoma architect, Alan C. Liddle, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to the preservation of Tacoma’s historic structures. Past recipients include Alan C. Liddle, Patricia Sias, Robert W. Evans, Linda Bowman, Kathryn Van Wagenen and L.T. Murray, Jr.
Grulich has provided assessment, rehabilitation, preservation and documentation services for many of Tacoma’s iconic historic buildings including the Pantages Theater, Stadium High School, The Bowes Building, Brown’s Point Light Station, the Tacoma Armory, Lincoln High School, Annobee Apartments, Fern Hill Elementary School and the Municipal Building.
Prior to joining BLRB Architects, Grulich was the founder, owner and principal of GA+PS, an architectural firm focused on historic preservation and restoration projects. With his unique combination of education in architecture and urban planning, coupled with work on hundreds of historic preservation projects for public, private and government clients over the past 30 years, Grulich has established a national reputation as an expert in the field.
Grulich joined BLRB Architects in 2010 to serve as director of the Historic Preservation Studio. Currently, Grulich and BLRB are working on the historic rehabilitation of Washington-Hoyt Elementary School in North Tacoma and exterior refurbishments to the historic Tacoma Municipal Building.
A nationally recognized historic preservation expert and sought-after speaker, Grulich will present at the RevitalizeWA conference to be held in Chelan, Wash., May 22-24. His presentation will examine the best ways to preserve historic facades and demonstrate how highlighting original building features can enhance the economic viability of businesses housed in historic buildings.