Central Cliff-Cannon Local Historic District


The Cliff-Cannon Neighborhood currently includes two National Register Historic Districts: The Marycliff-Cliff Park National Register Historic District which was listed in 1979 and the Ninth Avenue National Register Historic District listed in 1994.  Those two districts include nearly 300 properties – but are those properties really protected for the future? National Register designation is an honorary listing, meant mostly to acknowledge an area’s history. It is not generally a regulatory tool. In Spokane, the Historic Preservation Office and Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission do have the ability to review demolitions that are proposed within our National Register Historic Districts and can also review the replacement structure. However, only designation of a district on the Spokane Register of Historic Places allows for property owners to take advantage of incentives when they improve an historic property like Special Tax Valuation and the Facade Improvement Grant. Additionally, local designation helps protect the “sense of place” of your neighborhood – the very essence of what makes a neighborhood special and unique.

Historic designation is one method of ensuring that changes to your neighborhood occur thoughtfully, preserving the fabric that people love— homes with history, vital dwellings that preserve the past, while acknowledging modern lifestyles. Historic district designation can preserve the essential features of a neighborhood, while permitting contemporary improvements and additions that contribute to the historic character of the area.



Public Outreach/Internal Process:

October 7, 2016: Met with concerned neighbors about protection provisions in Cliff-Cannon’s Ninth Ave National Register District
April 11, 2017: Meeting with city staff and neighborhood concerning demolitions of 1021, 1025 and 1029 W 9th
September 5, 2017: Met with City Council Representatives and Neighborhood concerning demolitions within the Ninth Ave NR District
February 5, 2019: Presentation on local historic districts to Cliff-Cannon Neighborhood Council
April 16, 2019: Met with Neighborhood Council Chair and possible neighborhood liaison
August 27, 2019: Met with new neighborhood liaison to discuss the district
September 21, 2019: Lower South Hill Block Party


Plan Commission Workshop Presentations

Coming in 2020!



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Proposed District Boundary

2018-19 Contributing/Non-Contributing/Out of Period of Significance Map


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What are some of the benefits of a local historic district?

Increased Property and Resale Values – Think of the realtor’s motto—location, location, location. Local historic district designation stabilizes neighborhoods by controlling demolition and inappropriate infill in the neighborhood and ensuring that the physical integrity of individual properties is retained.

Promotes Redevelopment of Historic Properties – Local historic district designation encourages the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and results in the return of underutilized buildings to the community’s tax rolls. This promotion is through local property tax incentives that the Spokane Historic Preservation Office offers. We are also able to offer small matching facade improvement grant that was created by Councilmember Kinnear in 2018. We are able to match a project up to $5000 on the street-facing facade – it is a competitive grant fund, though (and we don’t have very much money in it!). We will be able to grant one or two projects each year.

A Better Quality of Life – Traditional neighborhoods like Cliff-Cannon with trees, parks and sidewalks are walkable communities geared toward people and pedestrians rather than the automobile.  Local historic districts enable communities to preserve their unique character and create a “sense of place” that attracts residents and visitors alike.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about the many different aspects of Local Historic Districts:

For information about the current National Register Districts and Spokane Register Historic Districts within Cliff-Cannon, click below: