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Frequently Asked Questions

What does Historic Seattle do?

What benefits do I receive as a member?

Is Historic Seattle also the Seattle Historical Society?

Is Historic Seattle also the Seattle Architectural Foundation?

Where can I find a photo of my older home?

How can I find out the previous owners and the remodeling history of my Seattle house?

How do I nominate a building or residence in Seattle for landmark status or find out if it already has landmark status?

How do I nominate a building or residence in King County for landmark status or find out if it already has landmark status?

I have a question specifically about the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, whom should I contact?

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Where can I find an architect, contractor, or vendor with expertise in historic preservation?


Historic Seattle is a non-profit membership organization that protects and preserves irreplaceable historic buildings, encourages policy makers and citizens to consider the value of preservation, and educates the public about Seattle's rich architectural heritage. Learn more...


Members receive discounts on lectures and tours, our newsletter Preservation News, and special event invitations. Additional benefits are available to members who join at the Advocate ($250) level and above. Please see Membership for more information or to join Historic Seattle. Become a member.


No, Historic Seattle is exclusively dedicated to architectural preservation. The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is the Seattle Historical Society. They are located in the South Lake Union neighborhood at: the Naval Reserve Armory, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Avenue N., Seattle, WA 98109. 206-324-1125.


No, the Seattle Architectural Foundation is a separate organization. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to building public appreciation of architecture and design in the Northwest. They organize "Viewpoints," architectural walking tours, among other programs. Contact them at Rainier Square, 1333 Fifth Avenue, Level 3, Seattle WA 98101, Office: 206-667-9184, event information: 206-667-9186.


Puget Sound Regional Archives has a collection of King County property record cards beginning in 1937 and kept current to 1972. These cards generally contain tax assessments, a photograph from 1937, approximate construction date, building use, small sketch of the footprint of the building, and some floor plan diagrams. For more information, call the archives at 425-564-3940. Email: To access this information you will need the tax identification number of the house or the legal description.


Contact the Department of Planning and Development for their Building Permit History files. Most of this information is available on microfiche. The office is at 710 Second Avenue, Seattle WA 98104. 206-684-8850.


Contact the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Division, 700 Third Ave., 4th floor, Seattle WA 98104. 206-684-0228. They maintain the City Landmarks Register and inventory of city historic properties.


Contact the King County Landmarks & Heritage Program, 506 Second Ave., #200, Seattle, WA 98104. 206-296-7580. They maintain the County Landmarks Register and the Historic Site Inventory.


Call the Pioneer Square Preservation Board at 206-684-0228.


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Check The Preservation Pages, our online directory of Historic Seattle business members. This directory includes contractors, consultants, designers, builders, and vendors who have experience with renovation, restoration, maintenance, and landscape projects. Please note that inclusion in this directory does not imply recommendation or endorsement by Historic Seattle.

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