For the mutual pride and benefit of all citizens and to foster a more livable environment, Historic Seattle protects Seattle’s architectural heritage through educational programs, advocacy, and the preservation of buildings and cultural landscapes.
We pursue our mission through education, advocacy, and preservation. Our education programs raise awareness of Seattle’s architectural heritage among the public, while we advocate for preservation to policy makers and citizens alike. Historic Seattle is also in the business of acquiring and rehabilitating historic properties through our status as a preservation development authority (founded in 1974). We are also a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation (founded in 1996).
Historic Seattle produces a broad range of events including design lectures, tours of historic sites, and annual programs that educate the public about preserving historic buildings. We celebrate local preservation successes through our annual Historic Preservation Awards event. We communicate with constituents and the public through our website, email list, annual program brochure, newsletter, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
Through preservation advocacy, Historic Seattle works closely with individuals and community groups to advocate for the preservation of historic places. We assist with advocacy efforts by providing technical assistance and teaching tools for advocacy. We are visible proponents of preservation advocacy in Seattle working with policy makers who regularly seek our advice and expertise regarding a wide range of preservation issues that affect the city and county.
We provide quality stewardship of the properties we own including the Heg-Phillips Apartments, Victorian Row Apartments, Egan House, Good Shepherd Center, Dearborn House, Cadillac Hotel, Belmont-Boylston Houses, and Washington Hall. Historic Seattle acquired Washington Hall for $1.5 million in 2009. The hall has functioned as a community gathering place since 1908. Our vision calls for full rehabilitation of the performance spaces and a permanent home for arts and cultural organizations at a cost of around $9.5 million.
Real Estate Development
Historic Seattle is a leader in the active and creative development and preservation of historic properties throughout the region. The needs of a project and the degree to which a historic property is threatened often dictates the role and level of engagement. Historic Seattle’s staff are often retained on a fee-for-service basis to provide a wide variety of technical expertise including but not limited to the creation of project sources and uses, pro forma development, market analysis, construction budgeting, project and construction management, and leasing assistance. Through these and a wide variety of other services provided, Historic Seattle is a uniquely positioned leader in the thoughtful, creative, and economically viable preservation of historic buildings.
Historic Resources Consulting
Historic Seattle provides occasional historic resource consulting on a fee-for-service basis to private property owners and developers who seek expertise on the federal historic tax credit process and application, landmark nomination preparation, historic property research, and building history reports.