Historic Preservation Month

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Historic Preservation Month 2022

Each May, the City of Ellensburg joins State and Local historical societies and civic organizations across the country in celebration of National Historic Preservation month. It is important to celebrate local Ellensburg history, and to recognize the people who work hard to preserve historic buildings and spaces throughout the community.

The City of Ellensburg Landmarks and Design Commission, the Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA), Kittitas County Historical Museum, and local community members have been collaborating to plan various community activities and events throughout the month of May, in celebration of Historic Preservation Month.

Did you Know?

The City of Ellensburg is home to many historic buildings and neighborhoods, including two official historic districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Local Ellensburg Historic Landmarks Register. These two districts are - The Downtown Historic District - and - The First Railroad Addition Historic District - which are highlighted in tan on the memories map below. There are several additional houses and structures throughout the city also listed on the National and Local historic registers, including City Hall (located in what used to be Washington High School), the historic Shoudy Mansion, Morgan Middle School, and Barge Hall on the CWU campus, just to name a few.


2022 Historic Preservation Award Recipients

The Landmarks and Design Commission selected the award recipients below.

  • Outstanding Multifamily Restoration Award
    • 600 W. University Way
    • Owned by Harry Whittaker
  • Outstanding Single-Family Restoration Award
    • 506 N. Walnut
    • Owned by Andrew Schock
  • Outstanding Commercial Restoration Award
    • 200 East 4th Avenue - McCormack Building
    • Steven Weidenback
  • Outstanding Historic Building Tennant Improvement Award
    • 400 West 5th Avenue
    • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Gina and Mike Styler
  • Historic Preservation Stewardship Award(s)
    • Mollie Edson for:
      • Dedication and accomplishments on the Landmarks and Design Commission
      • Excellent leadership and outreach to the community
      • Restoration and preservation work of historic buildings including 420 Building and various residential buildings
      • Advocate for historic preservation in the community
    • Colin Condit and his late wife Margaret for:
      • Lifelong dedication to historic preservation in the City of Ellensburg
      • Started Historic Ellensburg
      • Volunteered time for preservation related events
      • Advocates for local landmarks such as Depot Building

Awards will be presented at the City Council meeting on May 16.


Share with Us! Mapping Memories

You are invited to share your favorite Ellensburg place, tradition, story, or memory on the custom map below! This activity is another way to celebrate Historic Preservation month by fostering connections as a community, and highlighting the people and places that make this community a special place to live.


Historic Preservation Month 2022

Each May, the City of Ellensburg joins State and Local historical societies and civic organizations across the country in celebration of National Historic Preservation month. It is important to celebrate local Ellensburg history, and to recognize the people who work hard to preserve historic buildings and spaces throughout the community.

The City of Ellensburg Landmarks and Design Commission, the Ellensburg Downtown Association (EDA), Kittitas County Historical Museum, and local community members have been collaborating to plan various community activities and events throughout the month of May, in celebration of Historic Preservation Month.

Did you Know?

The City of Ellensburg is home to many historic buildings and neighborhoods, including two official historic districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Local Ellensburg Historic Landmarks Register. These two districts are - The Downtown Historic District - and - The First Railroad Addition Historic District - which are highlighted in tan on the memories map below. There are several additional houses and structures throughout the city also listed on the National and Local historic registers, including City Hall (located in what used to be Washington High School), the historic Shoudy Mansion, Morgan Middle School, and Barge Hall on the CWU campus, just to name a few.


2022 Historic Preservation Award Recipients

The Landmarks and Design Commission selected the award recipients below.

  • Outstanding Multifamily Restoration Award
    • 600 W. University Way
    • Owned by Harry Whittaker
  • Outstanding Single-Family Restoration Award
    • 506 N. Walnut
    • Owned by Andrew Schock
  • Outstanding Commercial Restoration Award
    • 200 East 4th Avenue - McCormack Building
    • Steven Weidenback
  • Outstanding Historic Building Tennant Improvement Award
    • 400 West 5th Avenue
    • Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Gina and Mike Styler
  • Historic Preservation Stewardship Award(s)
    • Mollie Edson for:
      • Dedication and accomplishments on the Landmarks and Design Commission
      • Excellent leadership and outreach to the community
      • Restoration and preservation work of historic buildings including 420 Building and various residential buildings
      • Advocate for historic preservation in the community
    • Colin Condit and his late wife Margaret for:
      • Lifelong dedication to historic preservation in the City of Ellensburg
      • Started Historic Ellensburg
      • Volunteered time for preservation related events
      • Advocates for local landmarks such as Depot Building

Awards will be presented at the City Council meeting on May 16.


Share with Us! Mapping Memories

You are invited to share your favorite Ellensburg place, tradition, story, or memory on the custom map below! This activity is another way to celebrate Historic Preservation month by fostering connections as a community, and highlighting the people and places that make this community a special place to live.

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Mapping Memories in Eburg

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Drop a pin to share a favorite place or memory! The highlighted areas in tan are historic districts within the City. 

Please share your favorite local tradition, memory, story, place, or space! By clicking on this map, you can drop a pin on the location you would like to share a story about, and you can add text or a photograph to your pin. This can be a personal story or family tradition you don’t mind sharing publicly, or it can be a City or community tradition that you participate in and is meaningful to you, or just your favorite thing about Ellensburg! You can also read and explore other pins left on the map. This type of sharing local history can foster connections as a community, and highlight the people and places that make this community a special place to live and should be preserved for future generations to enjoy. 

Page last updated: 04 May 2022, 04:01 PM