City of Walla Walla Receives Historic Preservation Grant for Next 10 Years

The public inquiry ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 25.
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Walla Walla: 1917 American theater, designed by Henry Osterman and Victor Siebert, shown here circa 1939 after remodeling and renaming. Source: Elizabeth Gibson, Walla Walla

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Walla Walla: The 1936 Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Building was completed during the height of the Great Depression. Source: Robert A. Bennett, A Beautiful Place to Raise a Family

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The City of Walla Walla is asking the public to identify historic buildings, structures, objects and sites to be preserved for the next 10 years.

Thanks to a CLG (Accredited Local Government) grant from the Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP), the city will have resources to help preserve what Walla Walla residents and visitors deem valuable, according to a news release.

The 5½ minutes investigation online which closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 25 will help the consultants of Northwest Vernacular collect data on Walla Walla’s history and help them design a preservation plan, according to city officials.

The City of Walla Walla said the buildings in the thirteen-block area of ​​the Downtown Walla Walla Historic District date from 1869 to 2018. In August 2020, the city submitted its full brief. National Historic Register project at the DAHP which highlighted these monuments and historic places in Walla Walla.

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Walla Walla: The new, first Federal Savings and Loan Building opens in 1965. Source: Joe Drazan’s Bygone Walla Walla

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Walla Walla: The Teague Motor Company at E Rose and N Colville after a 1950 renovation (building, 1935; photo, 1959) Source: Joe Drazan’s Bygone Walla Walla

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“Historic preservation is about ensuring that the heritage and historic places that enrich our lives remain for future generations.” -City of Walla Walla

The project began with a special meeting on February 1 at the Historic Preservation Commission.


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