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Downtown Historic Resources Survey and Inventory 2007

The results of a survey and inventory of historic properties in downtown Seattle was released in July 2007. The survey and inventory is a component of the City's downtown planning efforts and was conducted in conjunction with the changes made to our downtown zoning code in 2006.

Click here for the Results of the Downtown Historic Resources Survey and Inventory 2007.

"The information in this survey and inventory is very valuable to property owners and developers as a pro-active action on the part of the City to identify potential historic properties. As a planning tool, it is helpful in understanding the development possibilities early in the process," said Kevin Daniels, president of Nitze-Stagen & Co.

Approximately 387 properties were included in the survey and inventory. Of those buildings, 37 properties were identified as eligible for nomination as a Seattle landmark, and landmark nomination applications have been prepared for submission to the Landmarks Preservation Board (Board). An additional 56 buildings were also identified for landmark nomination consideration and landmark nominations will be prepared by the City of Seattle for consideration by the Board in 2008-2009.

While more than 50 properties in the study area are already designated as Seattle landmarks, an effort was made to perform a comprehensive survey and inventory to assist downtown property owners in planning efforts. All buildings over 50 years old that are proposed for redevelopment are referred to the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board as part of the City's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) policies. The City believes that this survey and inventory effort will assist property owners with planning for both preservation of historic buildings, adaptive re-use of historic buildings and new development.

The boundaries of the survey area are Denny Way on the north, the northern boundaries of the Pioneer Square Preservation District on the south, the waterfront on the west and Interstate-5 on the east.

The searchable database is at

For more information about the City's landmark designation process, please see our website at:

For more information about the effect of this effort on future redevelopment of a site in relation to City SEPA requirements, please see the Client Assistance Memo (CAM) 3000 at:

Lois Maag (206) 615-0950
Karen Gordon, City Historic Preservation Officer, (206) 684-0381

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