Advocacy takes many forms. Anyone can become an advocate for historic preservation, and if you are reading this, you are ready to begin.

Advocating Historic Seattle’s preservation issues agenda does not require scholarly expertise in local history and architecture. But it does require a knowledgeable interest in Seattle’s built environment, a willingness to donate time and effort, and a passion for community heritage.

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


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

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