Historic Preservation

Preservation provides a tangible link to our history. Historic and cultural properties are non-renewable resources that showcase the significant history of Pierce County architectural styles or cultural groups.

The Pierce County Register of Historic Places (Register) is an important tool Pierce County uses to provide public recognition and measures of protection for historically-significant properties in Pierce County. Properties are designated to the Register through a nomination process which includes evaluation and determination of eligibility for listing by the Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, and further review and adoption by the Pierce County Council.
Nomination Form for Pierce County Register of Historic Places

We Want to Hear from You

FEMA Notice for House of TomorrowThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided funding to Pierce County to purchase and demolish a residential structure that has been incurring significant flood damages from its location in the floodway of Clark’s Creek with increasing frequency.  


The residential structure, known as the ‘House of Tomorrow’, was built in 1938 and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Alternatives to demolishing the historic property and to address the continued flood hazards were evaluated and determined infeasible. The property owners are voluntary participants in the buyout.


A series of recordation and documentation treatment measures have been proposed to resolve the adverse effects of demolishing the historic property, and we want to hear from you. Public comment on the proposed treatment measures will be accepted through October 8, 2021.


2022 Historical Preservation Grant

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission will accept applications for the 2022 Preservation Grant Program through Sept 28, 2021. These small, yet meaningful, grants support historic preservation and history-related project proposals throughout Pierce County. 


Application details 

Grant requests can be made for two types of proposals:

  • Historic preservation: (maximum $35,000) for stabilization, restoration, or rehabilitation of properties, buildings or structures listed on national, state and local historic registers.
  • History-related project proposals: (maximum request $15,000) for photograph or document preservation, history research, historic markers, and public events and programming promoting local history.

Owners of properties listed on historic registers, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, museums, historical societies and other community-based organizations are eligible to apply.  All applicants must provide matching funds. The project activity timeline is March 2022 through November 2022.


Scoring Matrix


Questions? Please contact Chad Williams at [email protected].

Upcoming Meetings
Meeting Information
Previous and upcoming meeting agendas and minutes can be found HERE.

*Due to COVID-19, all Commission meetings will be held remotely. Please use the link above to view the agenda for instructions on how to participate in the remote meeting. 
WA Trust Announces State Funding for Historic Barns and Cemeteries
In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust has announced that funding is available for two statewide grant programs: Heritage Barn Grants and Historic Cemetery Grants.
Please visit their website for more information.
Local Preservation

McMillin Bridge (SR 162)

McMillin Bridge Sign
This unique bridge was built in 1934. The use of steel-reinforced concrete in the design makes the structure architecturally rare and significant. In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bridge is in the Library of Congress' Historic American Engineering Record. Through an effort involving numerous individuals and the Landmarks Commission, the historic bridge was retained for future generations adjacent to the newly-constructed SR 162 bridge.
Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission
The Commission's responsibility is to carry out the Pierce County Historic Preservation Program as a Certified Local Government (CLG) in historic preservation, and to provide recommendations on matters related to Pierce County heritage to the County Executive, and Council.

The Commission is guided by the policies and procedures of Pierce County Code (PCC) 2.88.

Meetings


The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Location:
Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 94809

Members


If you are interested in joining the Commission, please complete an application and email it to Tiffany Aliment, [email protected]
Commission Application
Current Membership
Member Resolution Representing Term Expiration
Vacant   District 1  
Vacant   District 2  
Vacant   District 3  
Nancy Rudel R2020-82 District 4 08/31/23
Nancy Larsen R2019-136; R2020-78 District 5 09/15/23
Vacant   District 6  
Donald Tjossem R2016-76; R2017-19; R2020-32 District 7 02/01/23
Barton Wolfe R2019-39 At Large 1 - Architect 02/28/22
Robert Koreis, Chair R2019-136 At Large 2 - Archivist 10/01/22
Vacant   At Large 3 - Historian  
Vacant   At Large 4 - Archaeologist  
Resources
Staff Contact
Chad Williams, Planner 3
(253) 798-3683
Email