Making landmarks more visible

The Queen Anne Historical Society has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Washington to help fund the first phase of its Queen Anne Landmarks Recognition project. This project is undertaken to increase awareness and appreciation of historic properties in the Queen Anne community that have already been landmarked, fostering a culture in which preservation of historic properties is valued and promoted.

Queen Anne is home to more than 30 Landmarks-with-a-capital-L, variously designated by the National Register, Washington Register and the city of Seattle. However, many people are not aware of the significance of these properties because they're not easily identifiable as landmarks. The Landmarks Recognition Project will seek owner approval for mounting cast bronze plaques on landmarked properties where they can be seen and read from public sidewalks and rights of way. Queen Anne Historical Society volunteers will administer the project and undertake the necessary research, writing and outreach, along with purchase and installation of the plaques.

The first group of plaques will be installed on properties selected from lists in the National Register of Historic Places and the Washington Heritage Register. Phase I installation is planned to be completed in April 2008.

The Society has been assisted by Susan Boyle of BOLA Architects.

For more information, contactChar Eggleston, 378-1618 or

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