Over the years, the City of Bellingham has been awarded different grant monies, and it has utilized those funds to complete a historic resource survey and inventory on some of the older neighborhoods throughout the city and in some instances nominate a district of that neighborhood to the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is honorary and does not impose restrictions on property owners.
Survey information and photographs have been added to the DAHP Historic Resource Database (WISSARD) and can be accessed on line. Information can also be accessed on the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) via City IQ Online Map Viewer. NOTE: This "How to" search the State Database (PDF) will provide you with the tools necessary to begin your search today.
The Historic Resource Survey and Inventory Summary Report identifies properties potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Washington Heritage Register and/or the Bellingham Register of Historic Places. In some cases, an area may be eligible as a historic district.
In 2012, the City of Bellingham received a $10,000 grant from the State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to complete a survey and inventory of historic resources in the CBD Neighborhood. The project involved completing inventory forms (reconnaissance level) for and taking photographs of approximately 450 properties in the CBD Neighborhood, as well as portions of the Sehome and Sunnyland neighborhoods.