Historic Preservation

Redmond Historic Core

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

Staff will propose continuing the public hearing for proposed amendments to policy and code for Old Town Historic Core at the Planning Commission's December 2, 2015 meeting.  This proposal would continue the public hearing to February 17, 2016 to allow additional time for staff to work through comments and concerns received from project stakeholders.  Staff also proposes a study session with the Planning Commission on February 10, 2016 for general updates and reorientation regarding the purpose of the proposed amendments.

From June 2015 to June 2016 (proposed new completion date), the Planning Commission will review proposed amendments in order of architectural and design topic:

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.

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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 Old Town Historic Core and Gilman Street, July 2015 through August 2015

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