The City conducted its first intensive-level survey in 1988, which was updated in 1992 and 2001-2. This reconnaissance-level survey will encompass properties within Bothell’s city limits that were not previously surveyed, with the majority of properties dating from 1956-65. These survey efforts serve as a planning tool to meet local, state, and federal environmental review requirements, identify and minimize conflicts between development and preservation goals, and to identify potential landmarks.
A reconnaissance, or “windshield,” survey is a visual or predictive survey that identifies the general distribution, location, and nature of historic resources within a given geographic area. It generally entails the field identification of resources that appear to meet the broad survey requirements. Documentation at this level typically includes property address, observational information on architectural style and features, and photographic information. However, it may be possible to discern if the property appears to be a unique resource based on field observations. If so, this information will be recorded in the “Statement of Significance” section of the database. Reconnaissance surveys are often conducted to establish the boundaries for intensive surveys to follow.
The compiled survey data will be entered into the State’s Historic Property Inventory (HPI) electronic database, which contains thousands of records documenting historic properties throughout the state. This survey effort will provide documentation about the City’s historical development throughout the mid-20th century. It could be used to publicize the historic nature of Bothell’s neighborhoods and promote additional tourism to the area, as well as to educate the public and gain an appreciation for the more recent past.