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A reconnaissance, or “windshield,” survey is a visual or predictive survey that identifies the general distribution, location, and nature of historic resources within a given geographic area. It generally entails the field identification of resources that appear to meet the broad survey requirements. Documentation at this level typically includes property address, observational information on architectural style and features, and photographic information. However, it may be possible to discern if the property appears to be a unique resource based on field observations. If so, this information will be recorded in the “Statement of Significance” section of the database. Reconnaissance surveys are often conducted to establish the boundaries for intensive surveys to follow.
The compiled survey data will be entered into the State’s Historic Property Inventory (HPI) electronic database, which contains thousands of records documenting historic properties throughout the state. This survey effort will provide documentation about the City’s historical development throughout the mid-20th century. It could be used to publicize the historic nature of Bothell’s neighborhoods and promote additional tourism to the area, as well as to educate the public and gain an appreciation for the more recent past.
Historic designation is given to a property on a local, State and/or National level. Listing in the Washington Heritage Register or National Register of Historic Places offers recognition of a property’s significance, along with some protections under the Washington State Environmental Policy Act. Private owners of National and State Register properties using private funds may alter or demolish these properties within existing local building regulations. Projects involving federal or state agency actions are reviewed by DAHP with the goal of preserving historic resources whenever possible.
To be listed on the Bothell Historic Register, a building or district must be at least 50 years old and be historically, architecturally or culturally significant in addition to retaining sufficient physical integrity. Bothell has 21 locally designated properties. The city has review authority for alterations to locally-designated properties. The City’s Municipal Code 22.16.010 sets forth criteria for local listing. Owner consent is required to locally designate a property.
For more information please visit The Washington State Department of Archaeology.
CLGs are required to establish and maintain a qualified historic preservation commission (the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board); enforce state or local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties; maintain a system for the survey and inventory of historic properties, in coordination with the SHPO; and provide for public participation in its activities.
CLG certification offers a number of benefits in addition to access to certain federal grant programs from the SHPO. The most significant benefit is the close working relationship between the local government and DAHP, which provides technical assistance and training opportunities. CLGs become part of a statewide and national preservation network including such partnerships as Preserve America, National Trust, and National Main Street Program. Furthermore, it shows your community's commitment to keeping what is significant from the past for future generations.