The City of Wenatchee’s Historic Preservation Board includes volunteers from the Wenatchee Valley. This board serves in an advisory capacity to the Wenatchee City Council and the Community Development Department.
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 concentration of historic properties is located within the Grandview Historic District, a residential area north and west of downtown. For more information, please visit the overview of the City's Register of Historic Properties.
In December 2008, an eight-block segment of Downtown Wenatchee was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places. We are proud of this honor and of the almost 100 properties within the area bound by North First and Kittitas Streets and by Columbia and Mission Streets. The full nomination form, including maps and descriptions of the properties, may be viewed by visiting Downtown Wenatchee Historic District. The document is 82 pages, but you can use the "find" function in Adobe to navigate.
The Historic Preservation Board reviews all properties for placement on the Wenatchee 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 prior to permit issuance. In addition, the board works with representatives of the Grandview Historic District and generally supports the work of the Historic Preservation Office.
2014 Historic Preservation Board Members:
- Jon Campbell
- Lisa Dahlgreen (Chair)
- Mark Seman
- Beth Spadoni
- Carol VanArnam (Vice Chair)
- Lindsey Smith
- Currently the Historic Preservation Board has one vacant position. If you are a City of Wenatchee resident and have an interest in serving on this board, please complete an application which can be found here. Professionals who have experience identifying, evaluating and protecting historic resources in the historic, architecture, building, planning, or related professions are encouraged to apply.
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 Glen DeVries, Planning Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, please contact the Planning Department at (509) 888-3200.