Historic Preservation

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The City of Wenatchee is proud of the many historic homes and commercial buildings that have been restored and maintained to state and national historic preservation standards. The largest concentrations of historic properties are located within the Grandview Historic District (Wenatchee's Register of Historic Places), a residential area west of downtown and the Downtown Wenatchee Historic District (National Register of Historic Places) with almost 100 properties within the area bound by North First and Kittitas Streets and by Columbia and Mission Streets. Here is the full listing of the City's Register of Historic Properties.  

historic buildingThe city is a Certified Local Government (CLG), a National Parks service program administered by the Washington State's Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP). As a CLG, the City of Wenatchee is responsible for maintaining a historic preservation commission, surveying local historic properties, enforcing state or local preservation laws, reviewing National Register Nominations, and providing for public participation in historic preservation activities. Some of the benefits are CLGs may apply for special grants and may offer Special Tax Valuation to locally listed properties and those contributing properties to local or national historic districts.

The City of Wenatchee’s Historic Preservation Board is comprised volunteers and serves in an advisory capacity to the Wenatchee City Council and the Community and Economic Development Department. The Historic Preservation Board reviews all properties for placement or removal on the Wenatchee and National Register of Historic Places and makes recommendations to the City Council for final approval. It also reviews all changes to properties listed on the local register and/or located in the Grandview Historic District prior to permit issuance.

2017 Historic Preservation Board Members: 

  • Jon Campbell 
  • Bob Culp (Chair)
  • Lisa Dahlgreen
  • Mark Seman    
  • Wendy Priest (Vice Chair)
  • Darlene Baker
  • Vacant

CURRENT APPLICATIONS: The following applications have been submitted to the City of Wenatchee and will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Board in a public hearing on August 3rd, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Wenatchee City Hall Council Chambers.

HP-16-01 - An application submitted by Andrew and Melanie Doubroff for Special Valuation on exterior and interior improvements for 1217 Pershing Street, Wenatchee, WA. The subject property is listed on the Wenatchee Register of Historic Places.

HP-16-03 - An application submitted by Blake Larson, Chelan County Fire District #1 on behalf of the City of Wenatchee for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the Wenatchee Fire Station to create a doorway through an original wall into the upstairs restroom for the purpose of dividing the original restroom into two separate restrooms. The building is listed on the Wenatchee Register of Historic Places.

HP-16-04 - An application submitted by Max E. (Mick) Tyrrell for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace two sets of casement windows on the second story on the west side of the house. The applicant is proposing the replacement the windows to be two vinyl horizontal sliding windows to fit within the existing opening and with a matching grid pattern to the windows being replaced. A portion of the windows may be visible from the public street. The subject property is located with the Grandview Historic District.

HP-16-05 - An application submitted by Kris Bassett on behalf of the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center for a Certificate of Appropriateness to move an existing door frame and door from the dining room into the hallway, close the opening in the dining room wall in order to enlarge the existing powder room. The enclosed wall will be framed with plasterwork and wallpapered to match the existing walls. The existing door to the powder room will be removed and saved with the door frame left in place. The building is listed of the Wenatchee Register of Historic Places.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Wenatchee City Hall Council Chambers.   Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.  Please refer to the City Calendar. Board members tour properties and meet with City of Wenatchee property owners on a regular basis.  If you have specific comments and would like to address the Board at their regular meeting, please contact Kirsten Larsen, Associate Planner (Historic Preservation Officer), at klarsen@wenatcheewa.gov.

For additional information, please contact the Planning Department at (509) 888-3200.   

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