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American Lake Preservation Plan

Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System

A preservation plan for a historic property/district is a written and illustrated reference document that provides a thorough historic and architectural evaluation of the built environment and landscape. The plan identifies significant original and subsequently added features, landscaping, and spaces, existing appearance and condition, and historic events. The purpose of this evaluation is to provide a basis which will be used to inform decisions relating to ongoing stewardship.

Artifacts developed a GIS database to inventory the site's landscape, trees, and buildings. Staff conducted an inventory of every building analyzing significance and condition. Landscape features are inventoried in the same manner. All findings were recorded in the GIS database to facilitate ease of reference for planners and agency reviewers. Recommendations regarding adaptive re-use and the introduction of new buildings into the historic district are included, as well as suggestions regarding strengthening the overall historic preservation program.

As this document is employed in future planning and research related to the site, its content will guide decisions about maintenance, modification and conservation of the built environment and landscape on a detailed level. The information incorporates an understanding of historic preservation design guidelines such as the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation, and accepted practices in regard to architectural conservation methods.

 





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1947 view of building 81
1947 view of building 81

Image courtesy of the US Department of Veteran Affairs.

VA American Lake Historic District
VA American Lake Historic District

This map shows the historic status of properties within and outside of the district.

Historic view of the doctor residences
Historic view of the doctor residences

Image courtesy of the US Department of Veteran Affairs.