What does it mean to advocate for historic preservation?
Tracking the plans and policies of local, state, and national agencies and officials and how their actions affect historic preservation is a form of advocacy. Attending and speaking at meetings of the local preservation commission is advocacy. Joining Historic Seattle is also a form of advocacy because “strength in numbers” is not just a cliché. Your participation enables the organization to function with a powerful voice with policy makers, developers, and others who make decisions about the community’s historic environment.
How does Historic Seattle advocate for historic preservation?
Historic Seattle offers a high level of preservation services by developing and implementing preservation policies and initiatives, providing technical assistance for constituents, helping develop programs, engaging in community outreach, and coordinating advocacy with grass-roots groups, individuals, and local government.
To take part in Historic Seattle’s Advocacy program or to learn more about how to become empowered to work on preservation in your neighborhood, contact the Director of Preservation Services, at 206/622-5444 x 245, or at EugeniaW@historicseattle.org.
Photo: This Place Matters – Fir Lodge/Alki Homestead, West Seattle, July 4, 2010 / Image courtesy of Jean Sherrard
Preservation Planning and Public Policy
The results of historic preservation are most apparent in those buildings that have been rehabilitated and returned to their former glory; however, the advocacy work that happens behind-the-scenes is just as instrumental as a restored facade. Photo: Historic Seattle
Landmarks and Historic Registers
Resources at the national, state, county and local level provide frameworks to evaluate and officially designate places as historic. Photo: Marissa Natkin
Incentives for Historic Preservation
Historic Seattle is an active advocate for the expansion of financial and honorific incentive programs that support the continued preservation of Seattle’s historic places. Photo: Washington State Archives, Puget Sound Branch
Best Practices in Preservation
Investing in communities through best preservation practices strengthens historic fabric and urban vitality. Photo: Historic Seattle