Nomination Process & Criteria

Every year, many historic properties across the State of Washington are threatened by demolition or neglect. Collectively, these properties contribute to the quality of life we enjoy and shape the daily experiences of living in small towns, large cities and rural areas across the state. The loss of even one historic resource erodes the rich historic fabric we are so fortunate to enjoy in Washington. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has maintained a Most Endangered Historic Properties List in our state since 1992. Bringing attention to threatened buildings, sites and places has raised awareness in communities statewide and resulted in many success stories.

This nomination process is your chance to initiate your own story of success. Properties selected for the Most Endangered Historic Properties List will receive Trust assistance in developing support to remove the threat. Our annual list of Washington’s Most Endangered Places is announced at our annual fundraiser, Vintage Washington.

How to Nominate

All nominators must contact the Washington Trust office prior to submitting a nomination to discuss the program requirements, nomination criteria, and over-arching goals for the threatened resource. Please contact Jennifer Mortensen, Preservation Services Coordinator, via email or by calling 206-624-9449.

If the property is selected for inclusion in the Most Endangered Historic Properties List, nominators agree to work with the Washington Trust to develop advocacy strategies, provide regular updates to staff and site representatives, submit articles for newsletter consideration, and generally engage in efforts to find a positive preservation outcome for the resource.

Eligibility Criteria

  • There must be a degree of endangerment by owner neglect, proposed demolition, rezoning, or redevelopment, and/or other human or environmental factors.
  • The property must be listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington Heritage Register, or a local register.
  • There must be evidence of local support (or the clear potential for building local support) for the preservation of the property.
  • A separate application form must be submitted for each nominated property.
  • Selections will be made based on their significance as determined by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and not solely on the degree of endangerment.


Because preservation emergencies can happen at any time, nominations to our Most Endangered program are accepted all year-round. If you have any questions about the nomination or announcement process, please contact Jennifer Mortensen by email or at 206-624-9449.

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