A historic preservation team will present results of the Sehome Neighborhood Historic Resource Survey and Inventory project to Bellingham’s Historic Preservation Commission during a public meeting from 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, in City Council chambers at City Hall, located at 210 Lottie St.
A team with Historic Preservation Northwest, led by consultant Dave Pinyerd, completed the survey of historic buildings in the Sehome Neighborhood, one of Bellingham’s oldest.
Paid for in part by a $15,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, the consultant team has been researching, photographing and analyzing information to document the age, architectural style, historic integrity and significance of approximately 300 properties in the Sehome Neighborhood. These surveys, along with 150 previously surveyed properties, were added to the State’s Historic Property Inventory Submission System (HPI), making the information fully accessible online as well as through City IQ.
Since 2007, Bellingham has been actively surveying historic resources in its older neighborhoods, entering information into the HPI, and teaching the public how to access information. City staff has increasingly utilized HPI information when making long-range land use planning decisions, and the proposed project will enable them to do so within the Sehome Neighborhood.
Additional information on other historic resource survey projects in Bellingham is available on the city’s website.
City officials say the projects have demonstrated that demolition and incompatible renovation of historic buildings can be avoided by engaging with and providing information to property owners about the historic value of their buildings, as well as incentives available for preservation.