Historic Preservation Commissions need you!

Hi All,
Please read and/or forward the information below from the website of the Snohomish County Historic Preservation Commission.  I’d like to encourage volunteers to apply to become Commissioners.  It is a way to add your voice to the dialog of how important it is to preserve the County’s historic places that still have decades of productive use as historic buildings, community, business and residential spaces.  This includes public works as well – bridges and roadway and agricultural landscapes.   There are many places, buildings and structures that can be re-purposed with thoughtful and creative thinking, preserving their historical character, without building out into our farmlands and creating more costly infrastructure.

Oso Elementary School

Oso Elementary School

The Commission serves as the public voice to the County Council and must take a proactive role.  It helps landowners and historic structure owners recognize the value of their historic properties and now also decides on the application of the Community Heritage Program – recipients of County grants that fund heritage programs throughout the County.  Recent examples include the Granite Falls Historical Mapping Project and the Western Heritage Center. If you live in a City that has its own Commission – support their work as well – (Edmonds, Snohomish, Everett)

Please consider adding your voice to this group and contact Wendy Becker (see the information below.)
Karen Prasse
League of Snohomish County Heritage Organizations

Historic Preservation Commission

Snohomish County values its historic buildings, sites, structures and objects.  Through the Historic Preservation Commission, Snohomish County seeks to identify, preserve and protect significant historic and archaeological properties that celebrates the rich history of Snohomish County. The Historic Preservation Commission offers a number of services to support preservation efforts of these irreplaceable county assets:

  • A local register of historic places
  • Special Valuation Tax incentives for historic building rehabilitation
  • Educational resources and contacts
  • A guide to the three-tiered register system:

For more information, please contact:

Wendy Becker, Economic and Cultural Development Officer

3000 Rockefeller  MS 411
Everett, WA 98201

Meeting times and details:
The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. The meetings are open to the public.

6th Floor Conference Room 6A02
Snohomish County Administration Building East
3000 Rockefeller Ave.  Downtown Everett
Directions to the Meeting

Recruiting members to represent Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The Commission is now accepting applications for new members.  Please contact Wendy Becker (425) 388-3186 for additional information.

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  1. Wendy Becker is doing the best she can to keep the Commission operating but it’s her second or third job — I lost track even though I was on the board for the past three years. When the commission’s staff person retired a year ago or so, the job was shuffled off on Wendy, and she is standing on her toes to keep her head above water. It’s a true shame that the year we are celebrating 150 years as county may mark the withering away of the historic preservation commission due to lack of support from neither the executive’s office nor the county commissioners.

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