Historic Preservation

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.
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, cwillia@co.pierce.wa.us or 253-798-3683


2018 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant Program

The Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the 2018 Preservation Grant program, which assists in funding preservation efforts in Pierce County. Grant requests can be made for historic preservation or history-related project proposals. Eligible projects can include stabilization, restoration, or rehabilitation of Certified Local Government (CLG) register-listed buildings or structures, photographic/document preservation, historic markers, history research, and public events/programming. The Grant Guidelines and Application form are now available. Applications must be submitted by June 9, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. or they will not be considered. Staff contact Chad Williams, cwillia@co.pierce.wa.us or 253-798-3683.

2017 Commission Meetings

The Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 94809 at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The 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.

McMillin Bridge (SR 162)

The 77-year-old structure was built in 1934 and utilized concrete, rather than steel, design 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 two district-specific and one position specific openings on the Commission. If you are interested, please complete an

application and return it electronically to cander5@co.pierce.wa.us.
District 1

District 2
Gordon "Buzz" Grant
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District 3
Edwin Hennings
 2 of 2
District 4
Katie Baker
 1 of 2
District 5

District 6
Simon Sabeti
 1 of 2
District 7
Donald Tjossem            
 fill Swope unexp.
At-Large #1
Brett Santhuff


 2 of 2

At-Large #2
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Fisher Resigned 2/21/17
At Large #3

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At Large #4

Gretchen Kaehler 10/11/17 2 of 2