Groups work to preserve Everett’s rich history

Everett Historical Commission’s register of historic places currently lists 35 properties and districts

Officially incorporated in 1893, Everett is a thriving marina city with a rich and interesting history — history that the Everett Historical Commission is working tirelessly to preserve.

In 1987, the Everett City

Council adopted the Historic Resource Ordinance, which created both the Everett Register of Historic Places and the Everett Historical Commission, which was tasked with maintaining that historic register.

Currently, the Everett Register lists 35 properties and districts that meet the criteria of being 50 years or older, significant to the city’s history or cultural heritage, and retains historic character. Properties nominated for the Everett Register must either be the work of a notable designer, builder or architect; feature distinctive architectural characteristics; or be associated with events or people that significantly contributed to local, state or national history.

Some of the more notable properties on the Everett Register include the late Sen. Henry M. Jackson’s childhood home; the Caroline Cottage, which dates back to the city’s 1892 boom; and the restored Monte Cristo Hotel.

Everett’s Historic Overlay Districts are another way the city shows its commitment to preservation. Currently, the zones include the Riverside, Norton/Grand and Rucker/Grand historic districts.

The Everett Historical Commission is working to raise awareness of the rich historic nature of these neighborhoods and has also released guidelines for new developments in the areas.

The Everett Historical Commission isn’t the only group working to preserve Everett’s history. Founded in 2002, Historic Everett is a local education, preservation and advocacy group that’s developed self-guided tours of some of the city’s most fascinating historical areas.

One notable Historic Everett project is a graphic novel detailing the infamous Everett Massacre of 1916. It is available for purchase from a number of local businesses.

MORE INFO

For more information on the Everett Historical Commission, contact Everett Planning and Development at 425-257-7155

or visit everettwa.gov/572/Historical-Commission.

To learn more about Historic Everett, call 425-293-2767, email historiceverett@gmail.com.

com or visit historiceverett.org.