Beyond Integrity

This coalition of advocates is elevating equity in preservation standards and practices. We’re looking beyond architectural integrity when deciding what places we save.

The People's Wall, Seattle © 2018, photo by 4Culture staff.

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 Are

We 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 Do

Our 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 Invited

Beyond 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 Brandi Link at

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.

Landmarks: What We Know

Data gathered on designated landmarks in King County and an assessment of their connection to underrepresented communities established a starting point for our work.


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.


Case Studies for Change

Research on the social and cultural history of the former Colman School and the Redmond Hotel resulted in recommendations on how to enhance the cultural record.