Since 1973, the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Ordinance has served as the most effective tool available for preserving historic places in Seattle’s neighborhoods and downtown. Administered by the Department of Neighborhood’s Historic Preservation Program, over 400 places have been designated Landmarks under the Ordinance. The Ordinance allows any member of the public to nominate a potential Landmark, with or without the owner’s consent, to the Landmarks Preservation Board. With staff recommendations, the Board has the power to designate as Landmarks those properties and districts which meet at least one of the standards for designation. Once designated a Landmark, the Board prepares a Controls and Incentives Agreement for the property outlining what must be preserved and what assistance is available to do so. In addition to the over 400 individual landmarks, Seattle has seven designated historic districts: Ballard Avenue; Columbia City; Fort Lawton; Harvard-Belmont; International District; Pike Place Market; and Pioneer Square.
Historic Seattle works closely with the owners of Landmark properties, offering technical assistance and publicity to help ensure the continued maintenance and viability of Seattle’s historic places. Additionally, Historic Seattle sponsors Landmark nominations, assists owners in voluntarily nominating their historic properties, and hosts an annual Landmarks Nomination Workshop for those interested in Seattle’s designation process. For more information about this year’s workshop, view the events page.
A complete list of Landmarks , database of historic properties , explanation of the designation process , and upcoming Landmarks Preservation Board agendas can be found on the Historic Preservation Program website. If you or your organization would like to learn more about nominating a property as a Seattle Landmark, contact Historic Seattle’s Director of Preservation Services, Eugenia Woo, at EugeniaW@historicseattle.org .