Heritage Commission

Meetings during COVID-19

All boards and commissions will be holding their meetings online until further notice. You can register to attend the Zoom meetings using a link posted in the meeting agendas.

Historic photo of downtown Olympia


The Olympia Heritage Commission (OHC) was established in 1983 to advise the City Council on matters related to the recognition, enhancement and continued use of buildings, sites, districts and objects of historical significance within the City and to serve as the City's primary resource in matters of historic preservation.

Meeting Information

The Heritage Commission meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m., in Olympia City Hall Room 207, 601 4th Avenue East (unless otherwise noted below).

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • August 25
  • September 28
  • October 27
  • December 12

Get additional meeting details, agendas and minutes on our online meeting calendar.


  • Audrey Henley - term ends 2022
  • Holly Davies Chair- term ends 2024
  • Garner Miller Vice Chair- term ends 2023
  • Sheila Swalling - term ends 2022
  • Gary Stedman - term ends 2023
  • Andrea Pareigis - term ends 2023
  • Susan Rohrer - term ends 2022
  • Jessica Bieber - term ends 2024
  • Ken House - term ends 2024
  • Steve Scott - term ends 2024
  • Open Seat - term ends 2022

  • Eleven members, of which a majority must reside in the City of Olympia or Olympia's Urban Growth Area.
  • Must include at least four professionals from fields such as architecture, historic preservation, anthropology, history and law who have experience in identifying, evaluating and protecting historic places. Above indicates professional appointment.
  • Term: 3 years, ends March 31
  • Appointed by: Olympia City Council


Evaluates and makes recommendations on building permit, Olympia Heritage Register and tax incentive applications.

Engages in outreach and marketing, partnerships and integration with regional preservation and heritage organizations and advocacy groups. Contributes to programs and activities to enhance historic Downtown Olympia.

Reviews and recommends changes to City code and policy and provides public guidance on the protection of historic properties. Coordinates with the City Arts Commission on Arts, Cultures and Heritage Initiatives.

Promotes and oversees Olympia Heritage Register and the protection of cultural resources.


Contact Staff Liaison, Marygrace Goddu, at 360.753.8031 or mgoddu@ci.olympia.wa.us  

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