Northwest NEWS

June 29, 1998

Front Page

Banners to support Duvall Cultural Center

barn

Art by Jean Bradbury

Funds from the sale of these banners will go to support the remodeling of the Thayer Barn into a cultural center.

   DUVALL--The Thayer Barn and one acre of property overlooking the Snoqualmie River have been donated to the city of Duvall for use as a cultural center.
  
   To raise money for the restoration of the barn, the Duvall Arts Foundation is offering colorful banners for a minimum donation of $50.
  
   The Thayer Barn Cultural and Performing Arts Center will provide a central location for artistic and community activities, serve as a venue for both amateur and professional artists and performers and provide needed space for other important private and public gatherings.
  
   The big yellow barn, located south of the current business district on SR-203, was built in the 1930s to support the Thayer family's dairy operation.
  
   With cow stalls below and a hayloft above, this beautiful round-roofed structure with its magnificent woven wood interior ceiling is an outstanding example of one of the most beloved and endangered icons of the American landscape.
  
   Today it stands as a reminder of the Snoqualmie Valley's rich cultural heritage, providing historical significance and special meaning for area residents.
  
   A $40,000 King County cultural grant will pay for moving the barn to another location on the property.
  
   Following the move, the extensive restoration will begin.

   For a prospectus or information, please contact Sunny Ruthchild at 425-788-9844.