Historic Preservation

Redmond Historic Core

Historic Core Plan Updates to Comprehensive Plan Policies, Zoning Code, and Design Standards Underway 

Following up from the April 21, 2016 Open House

Staff met with the community to gain comments regarding proposed amendments to the Historic Core Plan.  The open house include the following material:

  • Presentation (slides)
  • Display boards for commenting
  • Plan information handout
  • Additional information - Leary Way study
  • Additional information - Gilman Street study
  • Interested in the Historic Core Plan but missed the open house?

    Please review the material linked above and send your comments to staff.  Also, provide your contact information to Kimberly Dietz who will provide a copy of the event material and include you in the distribution of future announcements and invitations regarding the Historic Core.

    To learn more about the proposed amendments, refer to the Planning Commission's Topics Under Review webpage.  Here you will find all of the material, provided by staff, for the Commission's in-depth discussions regarding the proposed introduction of the Old Town Historic Core to the Downtown.

    Previous Stakeholder Engagement

    The following display boards posted here were presented for review and comment to stakeholders during April and May 2015:

    Additional information also available regarding the Gilman Streetscape by contacting Patrick McGrath, 425-556-2870.

    Local Architects and Designers Participated in Historic Core Architecture and Design Workshop

    Architecture and Design WorkshopArchitects and urban designers participated in an interactive design workshop to help inform transitional design standards for the Historic Core.  Participants sketched design concepts that address vertical, horizontal, and subarea transitions among historic structures and modern, urban structures.

    To learn more, contact Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415. 

    Capturing Yesterday, Celebrating Today, Creating Tomorrow in Redmond's Historic Core

    The City continues to plan Old Town's Historic Core in Redmond's Downtown. The Historic Core includes the area from the Justice White house at Leary Way and NE 76th to NE 80th Street and from the Stone House to 164th Avenue NE.

    Staff collected ideas and perspective from the community on several aspects of the Historic Core. Using these ideas and perspectives as draft concepts, staff is currently meeting with property and business owners within the Core to debrief on and confirm the Plan direction. 

    Anticipated next steps include:


    • Draft design standards during the 1st qtr. of 2015
    • Plan review and hearing with Redmond Planning Commission during 2nd qtr. of 2015
    • Plan final review and City Council action during 3rd qtr. of 2015
    • Plan implementation starting final qtr. of 2015

    Capturing Yesterday, Celebrating Today, Creating Tomorrow - Planning In Redmond's Historic Core

    The Old Town Historic Core Plan addresses the Core's long-term character, strategies for enhancing economic vitality, and a variety of ways for supporting business and property owners within the Historic Core.  Community input will inform development of an integrated plan approach in the context of other Downtown projects, such as Cleveland Streetscape and the Redmond Central Connector; streetscape standards; complementary design standards; guidance for art; and marketing and event planning in the Historic Core.

    To learn more about this process and the Historic Core, contact:  Kimberly Dietz, 425-556-2415 with questions.

    Old Town



    Redmond Receives Award for Success in Historic Restoration at the 12th Annual John D. Spellman Awards


    2012 Spellman AwardMayor Marchione, members of the Redmond Rotary, City officials, and staff accepted an award from King County Executive Dow Constantine on May 24, 2012 for restoration of the Anderson Park picnic shelter.  A grant from the Redmond Rotary and the City's Heritage Restoration and Preservation Grant program helped the restoration project take place. 

    Anderson Picnic Shelter 2011 RestorationDetailed efforts in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction Projects restored this structure using techniques that represent those of the shelter's original construction.  By matching wood type and ring-count and by using hand tools to work the wood, the contractor created an authentic representation of Redmond history while helping to support park visitors today and in the future.

    Additional information:


    Adaptive Reuse in Old Town (Redmond's Downtown)


    Continuing the National Preservation Month celebration, regional experts in historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and sustainable architecture presented to property owners of historic properties on May 14, 2011. 




    Program Overview


    The City of Redmond established a Historic Preservation program in 2000.
    The program includes:

    Nationally Recognized

    In 2006, the City was nationally recognized as a Preserve America Community by then-First Lady, Laura Bush. The "Preserve America" initiative was a White House and now a National Parks Service program to encourage and support community efforts to preserve America's cultural and natural heritage. Preserve America initiatives include: a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past; strengthened regional identities and local pride; increased local participation for preservation of the country's cultural and natural heritage; and support for economic vitality of American communities.

    Related Resources

    For more information on the program:

    Contact: Kimberly Dietz - 425-556-2415


    Kim Dietz

    Events and Opportunities

    Planning Commission Review of Proposed Amendments to Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code for the Historic Core, Leary Way, and Gilman Street, July 2015 through September 2016

    April 21, 2016 Open House
    Bytes Café, City Hall
    15670 NE 85th Street
    4:00 to 6:00 pm
    Presentation at 4:30 pm

    Preliminary concepts from the April 29th Open House & Display

    Historic Core Planning Documents

    2014 Bell Damage

    Old Schoolhouse Bell Status and Story

    • January 12, 2015 - bell removed from Public Safety bldg. ledge and transported to Artech facility for overwintering
    • Bell's Story