About the Initiative
There are places that are too important to lose, even as we remake our neighborhoods, cities, and landscapes. Too often, processes that prioritize architectural integrity and longevity ignore cultural significance—particularly to communities of color. Here’s how we’re tackling those challenges.
Who We AreWe are a diverse working group of advocates, organizers, and preservation professionals from across King County. We share a passion for making change in our field.
What We DoOur goal is systemic change. We work to identify inequity in current preservation processes, engage local decision-makers in embracing new standards, and foster stronger voices for advocates throughout the region.
You Are InvitedBeyond Integrity is an open group! We meet regularly to discuss, strategize, and plan, and do independent work as well. Interested in being a part of this initiative? Contact Dana Phelan at email@example.com.
Explore Our Work
For the past three years, Beyond Integrity group members and program interns have researched sites, pinpointed inequities, and explored new ways to protect historic properties. Dive in to see what we’ve learned and where we’re headed.
What is Missing?Data on historic King County properties that were nominated for landmark status but not successfully designated was evaluated, with the goal of understanding causes and trends.
Starting with Cultural SignificanceSurveys and inventories are often the first step in identifying significant historic properties in an area. How do local survey methods line up with national standards?
Culturally Significant Places on Beacon HillEthnographic and historical research on Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood includes a catalog of culturally significant places, with oral history interviews, and a critical response to the inequities of traditional preservation practice. (2023)