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.
We Want to Hear from You
The 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.
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.
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.
Questions? Please contact Chad Williams at [email protected].
*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.
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McMillin Bridge (SR 162)
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.
The Commission is guided by the policies and procedures of Pierce County Code (PCC) 2.88.
The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 94809
If you are interested in joining the Commission, please complete an application and email it to Tiffany Aliment, [email protected]
|Nancy Rudel||R2020-82||District 4||08/31/23|
|Nancy Larsen||R2019-136; R2020-78||District 5||09/15/23|
|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|
- What makes a property eligible for listing in the Pierce County Register of Historic Places?
- Why would an owner want to designate a property to a historic register?
- What is the process to nominate a property for designation to the Pierce County Register of Historic Places?
- What kind of tax incentives can a property owner expect?