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University Heights Center now on National Register of Historic Places

December 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

After opening in December of 1902 as a school, University Heights has now been designated by the National Park Service as a landmark property and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The designation assures preservation of the building and site under federal laws.

Photo by WA State Dept. of Archaeology & Historic Preservation

The building has quite a history.  Starting in 1974, University Heights lived under the threat of demolition or sale by the school system.  It finally closed in 1989 but was soon turned into a community center.

“School buildings have historically been very important to the neighborhoods they serve,” said House Speaker Frank Chopp in a news release, who has his district office in University Heights. “This designation acknowledges that role and allows the building to remain a vital part of the community.”

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