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A Rare Vintage Look at Tacoma
Here's a little discovery that brings joy to our Tacoma history loving hearts. Several people posted on Facebook last night this vintage 8mm footage of Tacoma's Stadium District. We see Yakima Avenue, Division, North I, North D, and North J streets. There are people in the streets of downtown Tacoma, and priceless footage of classic homes, some now long gone.
We are particularly drawn to Russell & Babcock designed William Sheard mansion at 509 North Yakima Avenue. The huge mission style home was built in 1907. It was leased by John Philip Weyerhauser for several years. It was later renamed "Villa Montana" by John Buffelen. The home eventually fell into disrepair, and was demolished in 1959 to make way for the Vista Palms apartment.
What do you see?
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