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Preservation provides a tangible link to our history. Historic and cultural properties are non-renewable resources that showcase the significant history of Pierce County architectural styles or cultural groups.

Historic McMillin Bridge
SR 162

The Pierce County Register of Historic Places (Register) is an important tool utilized by Pierce County to provide public recognition and measures of protection for historically-significant properties in Pierce County. Properties are designated to the Register through a nomination process which includes evaluation and determination of eligibility for listing by the Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, and further review and adoption by the Pierce County Council.

Staff contact: Chad Williams,  or 253-798-3683.


2017 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program
Fourteen applications were received by the deadline date for Pierce County Historic Preservation funding. The Landmarks Commission conducted a public hearing on July 19, 2016. After consideration, the Commission submitted their recommendations to fund five preservation grants and three building grants to the County Council for consideration.

The Committee of the Whole hearing to review the 2017 Historic Preservation Grant funding recommendations, R2016-139, is scheduled for November 10, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. The Pierce County Council hearing for the proposal is November 15, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. Please visit http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/index.aspx?NID=1430 for further hearing information. Staff contact: Chad Williams, or 253-798-3683.

2016 Commission Meetings
The Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission responsibility is to carry out the Pierce County Historic Preservation Program as a Certified Local Government (CLG) in historic preservation, and to provide recommendations on matters related to Pierce County heritage, to the County Executive, and Council. The Commission is guided by the policies and procedures of Pierce County Code (PCC) 2.88. The Commission meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

McMillin Bridge (SR 162)
The 77-year-old structure was built in 1934 and utilized concrete design, rather than steel, making the structure architecturally rare and significant. In addition to being on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bridge is in the Library of Congress' Historic American Engineering Record. Through an effort involving numerous individuals and the Landmarks Commission, the historic Bridge was retained for future generations adjacent to the newly-constructed SR 162 bridge.

Commission Members
There are currently three district-specific openings on the Commission. If you are interested, please complete an application and return it electronically or by mail to the address on page 2 of the application. For more information, contact Chad Williams, .
Represents Member  Expiration  Term
District 1 Vacant
District 2 Gordon "Buzz" Grant  10/11/17  2 of 2
District 3 Edwin Hennings  09/30/19  2 of 2
District 4 Katie Baker  10/31/18  1 of 2
District 5 Vacant    
District 6 Simon Sabeti 10/15/19  1 of 2
District 7 Donald Tjossem              02/01/17  fill unexp term
At-Large #1
Brett Santhuff  11/01/18  2 of 2
At-Large #2
Jean Fisher  07/01/18  2 of 2
At Large #3
Robert Allen  01/30/17  1 of 2
At Large #4
Gretchen Kaehler  10/11/17  2 of 2

Informational Brochures

Historic Preservation in Pierce County 
Do You Own a Landmark? 
Farmstead and Barn Preservation 
Tax Relief for Renovating Historic Buildings
Researching the History of Your Pierce County Property

Resource Links
Washington State Department of Archaeological and Historic Preservation
Pierce County Historical Documents Survey
Washington Trust

Contact Us
Chad Williams
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2401 S. 35th St.
Tacoma, WA 98409

Ph: (253) 798-3683


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