The Fort Lawton Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1970s after the City of Seattle acquired the fort, and it was designated a landmark in 1988. BOLA updated local and NRHP nomination documents in 2009, and recommended changes to boundaries and inclusion of additional historic residences.

In 2010, a separate project began in which BOLA helped develop design guidelines and created rehabilitation designs for 26 historic residences. These included restoration of existing exterior materials, infill additions and remodels for the wood-framed duplexes and single family houses, new garage structures, exterior painting, new windows and re-roofing. The designs were reviewed and approved by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board.

Fort Lawton, Seattleā€™s only Army post, was established in the early 20th century on Magnolia Bluff. During World War II the fort was the second-largest port of embarkation on the West Coast. The Fort Lawton Historic District contains over 40 buildings organized around a large parade ground and is situated within Discovery Park. It is historically significant and architecturally noteworthy for its association with the development of Seattle, and for its historic military fort layout and building design.