Historic Building INFO
Although some buildings in Gig Harbor are clearly historically significant and would qualify for the City's Register of Historic Places, some structures have been altered beyond eligibility requirements. Those that are not eligible by the National Trust for Historic Preservation standards may still be considered "Community Landmarks" of significance based on an association with an important part of Gig Harbor's culture or identity.
One such structure is the Harbor Inn Restaurant that has weathered many structural changes over the years. While not technically eligible for any register, it is clearly considered a Community Landmark.
The Washington Egg and Poultry Cooperative is a significant building on Gig Harbor's waterfront that would be eligible under national standards.
The Peninsula Hotel is probably Gig Harbor's most prominent historic building left in this section of the downtown. It's size and scale represents Gig Harbor's largest commercial structure during that period.
Go to the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to search the state's database WISAARD (Washington's Searchable Cultural Database) for more information on Gig Harbor's inventory of historic buildings. The 2009 Inventory recorded information on approximately 200 structures.
For more information contact the City's Historic Preservation Coordinator Lita Dawn Stanton at (253) 853-7609.