Senior Planner-Historic Preservation
501 N. Anderson St.
Ph: (509) 925-8608
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The City of Ellensburg is a unique Central Washington city and home of Central Washington University that has some excellent examples of a variety of late nineteenth century and twentieth century residential and commercial architecture. It has been committed to preserving its past for decades. But what exactly does this entail? What is historic preservation?
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966, created a National Register of Historic Places
(National Register) that established five (5) broad categories of properties. These include buildings (e.g.; houses, barns, and commercial buildings), structures (e.g.; bridges, lighthouses), sites (e.g.; battlefields, trails), objects (e.g.; monuments, fountains, signs) and Districts
. Federal law defines a National Register District
as “a concentration or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects that are united by their history or aesthetics. The identity of a district results from the interrelationship
of its resources.”