Browne’s Addition Local Historic District


You may be thinking “I thought that Browne’s Addition was already a historic district – why are we talking about doing this again?” Well, you are right, Browne’s Addition was listed as a National Register Historic District in 1976, but that is very different from what a Spokane Register Historic District would do for the neighborhood.

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.


Final Documents
Please submit any comments or questions to

District Nomination Resource Forms

Design Standards & Guidelines  Design Standards SURVEY

FINAL Ordinance Adopting Historic District Overlay  SEPA Determination and Checklist


Final District Boundary



Public Outreach/Internal Process:

June 3, 2015: Initial BANC Meeting
November 30, 2016: HPO published Pro-Browne’s Addition Historic District website with FAQs, all other info on district formation
June 7, 2018: BANC Meeting Presentation to Neighborhood
September 13, 2018: BANC Meeting Presentation
October 5, 2018: Mailing sent to all property owners within the district boundaries
October 18, 2018: #1 Browne’s Addition Workshop – Compatible New Construction in Browne’s
November 7, 2018: #2 Browne’s Addition Workshop – Frequently Asked Questions
March 14, 2019: Postcard mailing to all property owners announcing availability of docs, workshop
March 20, 2019: SHLC Preliminary Approval for Browne’s Addition documents
March 27, 2019: #3 Browne’s Addition Workshop – Overview of Completed Documents/Discussion
April 8, 2019: Urban Experience City Council Committee update on BA District
April 24, 2019: Plan Commission Workshop #1
May 8, 2019 2 p.m.:Plan Commission Workshop #2
May 16, 2019 6:30 p.m.: Browne’s Addition NC Meeting – Process Update
May 22, 2019 3 p.m.: Plan Commission Workshop #3
June 12, 2019 4 p.m.: Plan Commission Hearing – Browne’s Addition Local Historic Overlay Zone – Plan Commission Votes 7-1 in favor of district creation 
June 19, 2019 3 p.m.: Landmark Commission Hearing – Browne’s Addition Local Historic District Nomination & Design Standards and Guidelines
June 20, 2019: Ballots mailed to the property owners within the boundaries of the proposed historic district
July 17, 2019: Notice Signs Posted for Landmarks Commission Public Hearing on August 28, 2019 – signs located at corners of W. 2nd Ave. & S. Chestnut St. and W. Riverside Ave. & S. Maple St.


Plan Commission Workshop Presentations

Plan Commission Workshop #1

Presented 4/24/19

Plan Commission Workshop #2

Presented 5/8/19

Plan Commission Public Hearing

Presented 6/12/19



Compatible New Construction in Browne’s
What does it look like, how do we approach it, and how can it be evaluated?
Thursday, October 18th – 6:30 to 8 pm
NW Museum of Arts and Culture – Gilkey Room

Presentation: Design Review Workshop 10/18/18


A Local Historic District in Browne’s Addition
Frequently Asked Questions
Wednesday, November 7th – 6:30 to 8 pm
All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S. Spruce

Presentation: Browne’s Addition Historic District 11/07/18


The Documents Are Complete!
Comments, Suggestions, Questions
Wednesday, March 27th – 6:00 to 8 pm
Fire Station #4, 1515 W. First Ave.

Presentation: Browne’s Addition PowerPoint Neighborhood Meeting

(postcard announcing meeting below)

Printable Ballots

Single Parcel Ballot Multiple Parcel Ballot

Property Owner Information – Notifications, etc.

Mail Notice for Plan Commission hearing on 6/12/2019

Browne's Addition Property Owner Letter #1   Browne's Addition Flyer




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.

A Better Quality of Life – Traditional neighborhoods like Browne’s Addition 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 District, Click Below 



                                                     Former Browne’s Addition Design Plan