Pierce County Register of Historic Places
The Historic Register is one of the important tools utilized by Pierce County to provide public recognition and measures of protection for historically-significant properties in Pierce County. Properties are designated to Pierce County Register of Historic Places through nomination processes which include evaluation and determination of their eligibility for listing by the Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, and further review and final adoption by the County Council.
2013-14 Preservation Grant Program
The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission announces the 2013-14 Preservation Grant Program which assists in funding preservation efforts in the Pierce County. The program is funded by HDOC money, derived from the $1 recording fee, as appropriated by the Pierce County Council.
Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. For stabilization, restoration or rehabilitation of Certified Local Government register-listed buildings or structures, the maximum request is $10,000. For photographic/document preservation, historic markers, history research, and public events/programming the maximum request is $5,000. Matching resources must be provided by the applicants. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on April 15, 2013. Project activities must be completed by October 1, 2014. Nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and owners of property listed on local historic registers are eligible to apply. The grant guidelines and application form are available on the Planning and Land Services website, Grant Guidelines & Application.
McMillin Bridge (SR162)
The 77-year-old structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now faces an uncertain future as the State proposes to demolish the bridge and replace it with a new span.
The bridge 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. The Commission is on record with the WSDOT, urging them to consider alternatives that would preserve the historic bridge.
Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission Members