The Preservation Celebration 2023 Nominations

Historic Seattle’s Preservation Celebration benefits our mission to save meaningful places that foster lively communities. At the event, honorees are also recognized with awards for their achievements in historic preservation.

Save the Date!

15th Annual Preservation Celebration!

A sellout celebration that recognizes extraordinary people and projects while raising critical funds to support Historic Seattle’s mission:

saving meaningful places to foster lively communities.

This year’s event will also include a special celebration of Historic Seattle’s 50th anniversary!

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Washington Hall

a property of Historic Seattle

continuously serving as a hub for social and cultural activities in the Central District since 1908.


At the Preservation Celebration, Historic Seattle will present preservation awards in the following categories:


Best Preservation Project Award

To be eligible in this highly competitive category, the project must be a rehabilitation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of a historic property older than 25 years in the Puget Sound region. The project must have been completed between January 1, 2022 and May 2023. It must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Outstanding Stewardship

This category recognizes owners of historic properties who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to their preservation. Owners can be individuals, businesses, or organizations.

Community Advocacy Award

This award is reserved for grassroots groups, community organizations, or non-profits that work on preservation advocacy issues within their area of service or interest. To be eligible, the nominated entity must have done significant work in the field of historic preservation locally between January 1, 2022 and May 2023.*

Community Investment Award

This award recognizes the commitment of individuals, companies, groups, and/or other organizations to the preservation/revitalization of their communities.

Preserving Neighborhood Character Award

This category recognizes a single preservation project, generally smaller-scale, that contributes to the character of its neighborhood. The project must have been completed between January 1, 2022 and May 2023.

Preservation Champion Award

Only individuals are eligible for this award (not companies, groups, or other organizations). To be eligible, the nominated person must have contributed significantly to the field of historic preservation locally and reside in the Puget Sound region.


We are currently accepting people and project nominations for the above categories. Learn more about the nomination process and submit a nomination here! Nominations due by May 19, 2023!


Interested in becoming a Preservation Celebration event sponsor?

View opportunities and benefits here or contact Rachel Zabalza-Winn, Assistant Director of Philanthropy & Communications.


Early Bird tickets will go on sale Friday, June 9.


Want to support our mission? Make your gift here!


*The Community Advocacy award includes a prize of $3,000 for the selected recipient. For this nomination to be considered complete, the applicant must submit a short summary (3 to 5 paragraphs) detailing the entity’s intended use of the funds. To be eligible for the prize, the entity must be either an incorporated non-profit organization or unincorporated citizen/advocacy group. Prize money is considered income. Historic Seattle will need to receive a completed W-9 from the winning entity and will provide the winning entity with a 1099-Misc.

Top photo: the 2022 Preservation Celebration at Washington Hall, courtesy of Danielle Quenell.