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Pierce County Register of Historic Places

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 recommendations will be considered by the Council Rules and Operations Committee and the full Council.

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

2017 Valerie Sivinski WA Preserves Fund Grant Program
Applications for the 2017 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund Grant Program will be accepted until October 17, 2016. The program provides grants funding to local historic preservation organizations and advocates engaged in preserving Washington's cultural heritage. Please visit the Washington Trust webpage for more information www.preservewa.org/Washington-Preserves-Fund.aspx

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-pending reappt  9/30/16  1 of 2
District 4 Katie Baker  10/31/18  1 of 2
District 5 Vacant    
District 6 Simon Sabeti-pending appt
District 7 Donald Tjossem              2/01/17  fill unexp term
At-Large #1
Brett Santhuff  11/01/18  2 of 2
At-Large #2
Jean Fisher  7/01/18  2 of 2
At Large #3
Robert Allen  1/30/17  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

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

Ph: (253) 798-3683


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