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
  • Stacie Goetz

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-17-03 - An application submitted by Mike Kaputa for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove the existing covered porched and construct a new covered porch to include an enclosed entry area that currently does not exist. The proposed covered porch and enclosed area would be extended approximately 5’ toward the front property line. The existing front door and windows would be reused and installed in the same configuration on the proposed front entry. A new window matching the existing windows on the house would be installed on the north side of the proposed entry. The proposed roofline would replicate the existing “eyebrow” roofline of the existing covered porch. The exterior would be finished in Hardiplank to match the existing siding of the home.

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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