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The City of Walla Walla received $17,000 in grant funds from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for fiscal year 2020 to prepare a National Register of Historic Places nomination for a Downtown Walla Walla Historic District. 

The City hired Painter Preservation as the consultant to prepare the nomination and guide public education activities.

The proposed district encompasses the area between Rose Street and Alder Street, 3rd Avenue to Palouse Street. Approximately 100 properties will be included in the proposed district. Work is ongoing to determine which properties will be contributing or non-contributing to the district. 

Materials from the January 23, 2020 first public meeting are below.

National Register Criteria and Benefits of Listing

Draft Historic District Map

Intro and National Register Basics Slides

Federal Historic Tax Credits Slides



  • How was the proposed boundary determined?
  • What does it mean for a property to be "contributing" to the district?
  • Why did we need a grant and a consultant for this project?
  • Why do we need a National Register Historic District?
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