Preservation Easements

Historic Seattle is directly involved in the permanent protection of Seattle’s historic places through our Preservation Easement program.

Preservation easements are the voluntary donation of all or part of a historic place to a nonprofit or government entity. Although tax benefits are available to certain types of properties, many owners enroll in preservation easement programs solely to ensure the protection of their significant place in perpetuity.

For more information on the basics of preservation easements, go to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Easements Resources page of its website.

If you are interested in donating an easement on your property to Historic Seattle or you are one of the owners of a property on which we hold an easement, please contact David McClain, Asset and Property Manager, at

To date, Historic Seattle has accepted over a dozen preservation easements on a variety of Seattle buildings:

Fourteenth Avenue West Houses
Twenty-Third Avenue Houses
Admirals House
Ankeny/Gowey House
Belmont/Boylston Houses
Fire Station #18
Fire Station #25
Main Street School
Morrison Hotel
Pioneer Houses
Satterlee House
Stimson-Green Mansion
Ward House