The Everett Register of Historic Places was established as part of the Historic Resource Ordinance adopted by City Council in 1987. This ordinance also created the Historical Commission and gave them the responsibility of initiating and maintaining the Everett Register.
Placement on the Everett Register encourages preservation of our heritage and honors those who have cared for Everett's old buildings. Any person may nominate a building, structure, site, object or district for placement on the Everett Register. However, placement on the register requires owner approval.
Properties currently on the Everett Register include the restored Monte Cristo Hotel at 1507 Wall, the childhood home of the late Senator Jackson at 3602 Oakes, and the small Caroline Cottage at 2617 Harrison. Although these properties are varied, each one meets the basic criteria.
Everett Register criteria:
- The property is 50 years old or older.
- The property is significant to Everett's history, architecture, or cultural heritage.
- The property retains sufficient historic character to reflect the history of the community.
In addition, a property nominated for the Everett Register must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of national, state or local history.
- Embody the distinctive architectural characteristics of a type, period, style or method of design or construction.
- Be an outstanding work of a designer, builder or architect.
- Exemplify or reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political, aesthetic, engineering or architectural history.
- Be associated with the lives of persons significant to national, state or local history.
How to nominate a property
The application process involves researching a property’s history and submitting a completed Everett Register application to the Historical Commission for review. If the Historical Commission recommends approval of the application, it forwards the recommendation to City Council for final decision.
Obligations of Everett Register properties
Placement on the Everett Register obligates the owner to consult with the Historical Commission before commencing major work on the property, although the consultation is advisory only. This process helps maintain the features that give a property its historic significance. Prior to demolition of a Register property, an owner must request and receive a waiver from the Historical Commission.
Potential tax benefits
To encourage rehabilitation of historic properties, the Everett Historical Commission may grant Special Valuation, a property tax reduction, to Everett Register property owners who complete certified rehabilitation.