Welcome to the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation's website! On this site you will find information on historic buildings, the archaeology of Washington State, how to navigate our regulatory processes and how to nominate properties to the State and National Register of Historic Places. Explore Washington State's historic places through our WISAARD Portal. And enjoy our image gallery!
Please note that due to the pandemic, the physical office has been temporarily closed until an unknown time. Staff is working diligently from home and can be contacted via email or phone. Additionally due to state budget shortfalls staff will be furloughed one day a month through November. The days for office closure are: August 17; September 28; October 19; November 25. Additionally, through November, all staff will be working Monday - Friday schedules, though hours of the day may vary. Note that temporary changes have been made for public records requests. More info can be found here.
The Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is Washington State's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. We advocate for the preservation of Washington's irreplaceable historic and cultural resources - significant buildings, structures, sites, objects and districts - as assets for the future. Please feel free to call (360) 586-3065 or drop by our office if you need assistance. The office is open Monday through Friday - 8:00am to 5:00pm. However, staff may be available at different hours than DAHP regular business hours. Please see the Meet the Staff page for each staff member's hours.