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.
Executive Constantine honors historic property advocates with John D. Spellman Awards
Recipients of the 2018 John D. Spellman Awards for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation were honored October 11 in a celebration led by King County Executive Dow Constantine at the Auburn Masonic Temple in downtown Auburn. The awards are named in honor of John D. Spellman, former King County Executive and Washington Governor, who established the County’s Historic Preservation Program in 1980.
Left: Dorothy Reeck, Roanoke Inn Tavern owner, with Executive Constantine. Credit: Todd Johnstone. Right: Executive Constantine, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Preservation Officer Jennifer Meisner, and Auburn Masonic Lodge members. Credit: Todd Johnstone
The 2018 recipients of Spellman Awards for historic preservation are:
Patricia Cosgrove, in recognition of dedication to the cultural heritage of Auburn and south King County. During her nearly 30-year tenure with the City of Auburn, Patricia oversaw the White River Valley Museum’s development into a regional facility featuring award-winning exhibits about culture, arts, and history. Cosgrove led restoration of the historic Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, raising $2 million for the project. The farm reopened in 2011 and is now visited by more than 2,000 students annually.
Patricia Cosgrove training volunteers at Mary Olson Farm. Credit: Holly Taylor
Auburn Masonic Lodge, for restoration of the 1924 King Solomon Masonic Temple. Designed in the Italian Renaissance Revival style by noted Tacoma architecture firm Heath, Gove and Bell, the Temple building has continuously served as a lodge hall. The first floor housed many different commercial uses over the years, including Taylor Lemar Mortuary and National Bank of Commerce. The Lodge recently repointed the brick and restored several storefronts using historic photos as guides.
Restored storefronts in the Auburn Masonic Temple building. Credit: KCHPP
The Tupper family, for stewardship of their historic Gothic arch barn, which stands as a visual landmark on the Enumclaw Plateau and has been in the family for three generations. The barn was built by Harry Tupper in the mid-1940s. It stored hay and sheltered cattle for the next 70 years. A $26,000 grant from King County’s “Barn Again” grant program helped the family stabilize and rehabilitate the barn and extend the life of this working farm.
Tupper Barn with new siding and a new roof. Credit: Stan Olenginski
Sammamish Heritage Society, for its commitment to preserving historic resources on the Sammamish Plateau in the face of tremendous development pressures. The City of Sammamish is less than 20 years old but the area has a 150-year history that the heritage society works diligently to protect by disseminating historic information, surveying the remaining historic properties, and working with the city to develop procedures to guide treatment of historic buildings.
Sammamish Heritage Society members advocating for preservation. Credit: KCHPP
Roanoke Inn, in recognition of the Inn’s continued contribution to Mercer Island’s cultural and community identity for more than a century. Built in 1914 by George McGuire for visitors arriving at the island’s Roanoke Dock, the building originally housed a chicken-dinner inn called The Roanoke. It has operated as a classic tavern and mainstay in the Mercer Island community since the end of Prohibition and has been owned and operated by members of the Reeck family - changing very little - since 1943. The Roanoke Inn is the first Spellman Awardee for a Legacy Business.
The Roanoke Inn Tavern, on Mercer Island. Credit: KCHPP
Barn Again! - Historic Barn Preservation Program
This program successfully helped to preserve eighteen barns throughout the county. A few of the projects are still being finished, but all funding for the program has been committed. If additional funding becomes available in the future, we will restart the grant process.
News and announcements
Preservation News, February 2015 - 390 KB PDF
King County DPER Develops Green Building Handbook - 3.4 MB PDF