Everett Register

Side view of the Van Valey house with a brick chimney and bay windows

The Everett Register of Historic Places (PDF) 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. Register properties are eligible for a distinguishing plaque, notifying others of the property's significance.

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

To be considered for the Everett Register, a property should be 50 years old or older and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of national, state or local history;
  • Embodies the distinctive architectural characteristics of a type, period, style or method of design or construction, or represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction;
  • Is an outstanding work of a designer, builder or architect who has made a substantial contribution to the art;
  • Exemplifies or reflects special elements of the city's cultural, special, economic, political, aesthetic, engineering or architectural history;
  • Is associated with the lives of persons significant in national, state or local history;
  • Has yielded or may be likely to yield important archaeological information;
  • Is a building or structure removed from its original location but which is significant primarily for architectural value, or which is the only surviving structure significantly associated with an historic person or event;
  • Is a cemetery which derives its primary significance from age, from distinctive design features, or from association with historic events, or cultural patterns;
  • Is a reconstructed building that has been executed in a historically accurate manner on the original site;
  • Is a creative and unique example of old architecture and design created by persons not formally trained in the architectural or design professions, and which does not fit into formal architectural or historical categories.

How to Nominate a Property

The application process (PDF) 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 and obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness. This process helps maintain the features that give a property its historic significance.

Potential Tax Benefits

To encourage rehabilitation of historic properties, the Everett Historical Commission may grant Special Valuation, a property tax reduction, to Everett Register (PDF) property owners who complete certified rehabilitation.