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 Pierce County uses 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.
Nomination Form for Pierce County Register of Historic Places
Upcoming Meetings
Meeting Information
Previous and upcoming meeting agendas and minutes can be found HERE.
The Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission has made the following changes to the 2021 grant cycle schedule:

November 2020: 2021 Preservation Grant Cycle Announcement
January 2021: Applications due
January and February 2021: Commission review of applications and voting
March 2021: Resolution approval appropriating the funds

The reason for the schedule adjustment is to help streamline the process for applicants and to accommodate the Commission's support of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissioners (NAPC) FORUM 2020, hosted by our friends at the City of Tacoma, happening July 22-26 (more information about the NAPC FORUM 2020 can be found below).
NAPC Forum 2020 - Preservation Coast to Coast

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions is Coming to Tacoma

NAPC FORUM is the only national conference focused on the issues facing local historic preservation commissions and historic districts. This biennial conference offers dozens of educational sessions and discussion panels, mobile workshops and tours, and five days of non-stop networking for staff and volunteers representing local, state, and national organizations and government agencies. Visit their website for more information and mark your calendars for July 22-26, 2020!
WA Trust Announces State Funding for Historic Barns and Cemeteries
In partnership with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the Washington Trust has announced that funding is available for two statewide grant programs: Heritage Barn Grants and Historic Cemetery Grants.
Please visit their website for more information.
Local Preservation

McMillin Bridge (SR 162)

McMillin Bridge Sign
This unique bridge was built in 1934. The use of steel-reinforced concrete in the design makes 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.
Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission
The Commission's 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 on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th St., Tacoma, WA 94809


If you are interested in joining the Commission, please complete an application and email it to Tiffany Aliment, tiffany.aliment@piercecountywa.gov.
Commission Application
Staff Contact
Chad Williams, Planner 3
(253) 798-3683