(Washington, D.C.) Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA -05) announced today that Spokane was one of 24 cities to be designated as a Preserve America Community. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton joined Preserve America and the Congressional Historic Preservation Caucus, of which McMorris is a member, to honor the cities.
“All the people of Spokane can take pride in this national recognition,” said McMorris. “I commend the city for its efforts to grow the economy while still maintaining its historical roots. Through the revitalization of downtown and the restoration of key historical landmarks, Spokane has grown into a wonderful community that has an incredible amount to offer both residents and visitors.”
Spokane is recognized for having 22 National Register Historic Districts, and many individually listed properties. The Davenport Hotel, Steam Plant Grill and old city hall are examples of how historic landmarks are restored to become centers for high quality accommodations, restaurants and shopping. In 2001 restoration was completed on the Tudor Revival Campbell House complex that today operates as a house museum interpreting life at the turn of the 20th century. Renovation is also underway to turn the 1931 Fox Theater into a regional performing arts center.
Designation as a Preserve America Community provides national recognition for what communities have already achieved, while also serving as a way to enhance the contribution of tourism and other economic development strategies to their economies.
“Through the vision and leadership of First Lady Laura Bush, Honorary Chair of Preserve America, communities across America are finding new ways to celebrate their history and tell their stories,” said Secretary Norton. “Each community has its own story. These stories present opportunities—opportunities for heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation. Through Preserve America, these stories come alive.”
Preserve America is a White House initiative to encourage and support community efforts for the preservation and enjoyment of our priceless cultural and natural heritage. The goals of the initiative include a greater shared knowledge about the Nation’s past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country’s cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities. For more information visit this website.