Historic Preservation Month

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Historic Preservation Month 2024

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.

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.


2024 Historic Preservation Month Celebration and Awards

The Ellensburg Landmarks and Design Commission and Kittitas County Historical Museum are excited to announce that the nomination period for the 2024 community selected Historic Preservation Award is now open! We would like to hear from YOU, as to what historic buildings and projects you are excited about in town!

How To Submit

Eligibility:

Eligible buildings or projects for the Community Award must be at least 50 years old, relatively unaltered, commercial or residential structures, and located within City limits. Please consider recent projects or renovations on historic buildings, or nominate your favorite historic building that you would like to celebrate and recognize as an important piece of Ellensburg historic character!

Submittals:

Submit to BeHeardEburg, deliver to City Hall, or email to hendersons@ellensburgwa.gov. A complete nomination submittal shall include a detailed description of the project or structure, including images and a written explanation of why you are nominating. Must be delivered, submitted, emailed, or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024.


Historic Preservation Month 2024

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.

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.


2024 Historic Preservation Month Celebration and Awards

The Ellensburg Landmarks and Design Commission and Kittitas County Historical Museum are excited to announce that the nomination period for the 2024 community selected Historic Preservation Award is now open! We would like to hear from YOU, as to what historic buildings and projects you are excited about in town!

How To Submit

Eligibility:

Eligible buildings or projects for the Community Award must be at least 50 years old, relatively unaltered, commercial or residential structures, and located within City limits. Please consider recent projects or renovations on historic buildings, or nominate your favorite historic building that you would like to celebrate and recognize as an important piece of Ellensburg historic character!

Submittals:

Submit to BeHeardEburg, deliver to City Hall, or email to hendersons@ellensburgwa.gov. A complete nomination submittal shall include a detailed description of the project or structure, including images and a written explanation of why you are nominating. Must be delivered, submitted, emailed, or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

  • 2023 Historic Preservation Awards

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    The 2023 Historic Preservation Awards were announced at the May 15, 2023 Ellensburg City Council Meeting (starting at 5:00).