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. Historic Seattle influences policy through coordinated and sustained efforts to promote both public and private commitment to preserving historic places.

Historic Seattle interacts with public policy in a variety of ways, including:

  • Meeting with decision makers to ensure broad commitment to preservation;
  • Attending meetings and providing public testimony on issues that affect Seattle’s historic places and neighborhoods;
  • Researching and analyzing environmental review documents;
  • Conducting City and County election surveys to gauge candidates’ knowledge of and sensitivity to preservation issues;
  • Collaborating with like-minded organizations to promote preservation awareness and best practices;
  • Providing technical assistance, site visits, and educational programs to convey the many values of preservation; and
  • Serving on local and state policy and planning committees to provide preservation expertise.

Historic Seattle regularly collaborates with local, state, and national organizations such as 4Culture, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, local historical societies, and grassroots neighborhood groups to advocate for the preservation of historic places.

Government historic preservation departments or programs such as the National Park Service Pacific Northwest Region, Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, King County Historic Preservation Program, and City of Seattle Historic Preservation Program are also important advocates in preservation. They are key players in helping to protect our cultural resources.

If there’s a preservation planning and public policy discussion at the neighborhood, city or regional level with which Historic Seattle could provide assistance, contact Director of Preservation Services Eugenia Woo at (206) 622-6952 x 245 or


Photo: Members of the four-organization coalition (Historic Seattle, Southwest Seattle Historical Society, 4Culture, and Washington Trust for Historic Preservation) discussing strategy to save an important West Seattle landmark. Source: Historic Seattle