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Brown's First Addition Historic District

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Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places

In 2018, the City of Wenatchee was awarded a Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to study the homes and history of the 900 block of Highland Drive. The purpose of the study was to determine whether or not the neighborhood was eligible to be nominated as a historic district within the City.  To assist in this effort, the City hired historic preservation specialists, Northwest Vernacular, to complete a thorough survey and inventory of the 900 block of Highland Drive, originally subdivided under the name of Brown's First Addition.

The inventory was completed in June 2019 and individual property photos and descriptions are available through DAHP's online WISAARD program. To find a particular address, click on Search at the top of the page, then select Property from the Category list, and enter address information in the pop-up window. The City also maintains individual property files (same information available through WISAARD), available on request. 

The City and Northwest Vernacular held two public neighborhood meetings to discuss the inventory and historic district nomination process. As a result of those meetings and a vote of the neighborhood, the City will work with Washington State’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation on the nomination of the Brown’s First Addition to the National Register of Historic Places. The draft nomination form is provided below. This process is expected to be completed in 2020.

The nomination process requires additional meetings with the City's Historic Preservation Board, City Council, and the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. This webpage will be updated with the meeting schedule as information becomes available.  


Upcoming Meetings: 

Historic Preservation Board: TBD

City Council: TBD

Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: (tentative) March 27, 2020 



Presentation by Spencer Howard, Northwest Vernacular from the neighborhood meeting on August 13, 2019

Draft National Register of Historic Places Registration Form 



Please contact Ruth Traxler, Senior Planner, at (509) 888-3254 or 

or Stephen Neuenschwander, Planning Manager, at (509) 888-3285 or