I am delighted to inform you that Center School at 452 Richardson Rd on Lopez Island has been listed in the Washington Heritage Register, where it joins over 2,000 other historic and culturally significant properties which have been recognized for their unique contributions to Washington’s heritage.
Additionally, I am pleased to report to you that the nomination has also been sent to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, D.C., with a request that the property be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Having a property listed in one or both of these registers is an honor. The benefits of State and National Register listing include potential tax credits, property tax deductions and code waivers to protect the integrity of the resource. Listing of a property does not impose federal or state restrictive covenants or easements nor will it result in a taking. However, listing in the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Washington Heritage Register does assure a protective review of a property should a federal or state action have a potential adverse effect to the property’s historic values.
We will inform you when official notification of National Register listing is received from the National Park Service. Please do not hesitate to contact our State and National Register Coordinator, Michael Houser, at (360) 890-2634 if you have any questions or comments.
Ph.D. State Historic Preservation Officer, State of Washington
Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation