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Historic Preservation Program

Whether it's a 19th century log house, an Art Deco school or a prehistoric shell midden, these places are silent witnesses to the history of King County and to its people's lives and cultures. Preserving our significant historic properties is the mission of the King County Historic Preservation Program and the Landmarks Commission. Welcome to this online tool for those interested in preservation efforts throughout the county.

                      

                       

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Funding for Historic Barns                        

Historic barns are highly visible icons of King County’s heritage, essential elements of our rural landscapes, conveying both a sense of place and traditional building methods. King County’s Historic Preservation Program is pleased to announce that it has re-launched the Barn Again Historic Barn Preservation Program, which was last funded in 2008, and now has up to $500,000 in grant funding for qualified projects. The goal of this program is to provide funds for the stabilization and rehabilitation of historic barns and outbuildings that are historically associated with the working life of a farm, as well as community gathering places associated with agricultural organizations, such as grange halls. The first of two competitive grant rounds was completed in the spring of 2016. Six barns, three milk houses, one milking parlor, and one chicken house located in King County’s eastern and southern rural areas received grants totaling more than $235,000. Another round of funding will be offered in 2017.

For a complete listing of 2016 Barn Again award recipients click here.  For more information about the Barn Again program, please contact Todd Scott, King County's Preservation Architect, at todd.scott@kingcounty.gov or (206) 477-4545.                                               
                       

 2015SpellmanAwards

Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry recognized recipients of the 2015 John D. Spellman Preservation Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation on September 24th at the North Bend Theatre in North Bend.  Here's the full program from the event.

 2014-Spellman-Awards Assistant Deputy County Executive Rhonda Berry recognized recipients of the 2014 John D. Spellman Preservation Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation on May 15th at the Keewaydin Clubhouse on Mercer Island.
Harborview Hall Harborview Hall - slated for demolition, this significant building gets another look
Vashon Storefront Studio
Vashon Storefront Studio – UW architecture students envision an enhanced community
Kirkland Historic Property Update Kirkland Historic Property Update – Kirkland Heritage Society volunteers team up with city and county to update historic property inventory

 

For more information about historic preservation in King County, Washington, please contact Jennifer Meisner, Preservation Officer, Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks.

Events

News and announcements

Barn Preservation Program Video  

  
 
 
Heritage Barn Workshop - 196KB PDF  
 
 
 
 

King County DPER Develops Green Building Handbook - 3.4 MB PDF

Kent’s Mill Creek Historic District nominated for landmark status - 163 KB PDF                

Historic Kenmore Community Clubhouse nominated for landmark status - 127 KB PDF