Lita Dawn StantonHistoric Preservation Coordinator
In 2005, the City of Gig Harbor adopted Historic Preservation Chapter 17.97 to provide for the identification, evaluation, designation and protection of historic resources within the boundaries of the City. With local support, the City established the Register of Historic Places to preserve a sense of the community’s history for this and future generations. We support the community’s effort to preserve historical, architectural, and cultural resources, including monuments, sites, landscapes, objects, structures, buildings, and historic districts. The preservation of historic buildings and sites fosters civic and neighborhood pride, and maintains our community’s sense of identity.
What about property rights?
Listing on the City’s Register of Historic Places does not take away property rights. The ordinance specifically states register status as “voluntary”. And while it is hoped that once listed, the site or object will continue its status as a significant cultural asset, nothing prevents a property owner from “delisting” their property.
Who can apply?
Generally speaking, if your home is 50 years old or more, represents a distinct architectural style or period that is culturally significant to Gig Harbor’s history, is associated with an important individual or event, or has local, state or national significance, your property may be eligible for listing on the local, state or national register of historic places. This can include landscapes, objects or individual “contributing” structures.