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Published on May 25, 2024
Mayor Harrell Seeks Passionate Member for Seattle Landmarks Preservation BoardSource: City of Seattle

Seattle's search for a passionate advocate of historical preservation has kicked into high gear. Mayor Bruce Harrell is on the lookout for a unique individual to fill a vacant at-large position on the city's Landmarks Preservation Board. This volunteer board is no small commitment; its members play a key role in shaping the historical integrity of Seattle, offering recommendations for landmark designations and reviewing alterations to the city's iconic structures. Information released by the Mayor's office states this is a three-year gig, requiring roughly 10 hours a month.

Handpicked by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, the board is an eclectic mix of skills and professions, ranging from architects, historians, and a structural engineer, to representatives in urban planning, real estate, and finance, along with three at-large members, including one spot reserved for young voices under the Get Engaged program. They convene bi-monthly, with additional commitments to the Board's Architectural Review Committee meetings.

This is more than a bureaucratic seat; the chosen board member will have a direct impact on conserving Seattle's soul—its landmarks that tell stories of bygone eras and stand as testaments to the city’s evolution. It's a chance to shape the aesthetic and historical narrative of the metropolis. Applicants looking to seize this opportunity should mark June 17 on their calendars. That's the deadline to forward letters of interest and resumes to Erin Doherty, coordinator for the Landmarks Preservation Board, preferably via email at [email protected], citing the position in the subject line.

For those sticking to tradition, paper copies can be addressed, to make sure it arrives at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, housed in an outreach to the citizens of the metropolis. The meeting schedule, duties, and further details of what serving on the board entails can be found outlined on the Front Porch announcement. One can only hope the future board member brings a fresh perspective to preserve the charm and character of Seattle's landmarks for generations to come.