Nominate a Site for the Historic Tacoma Watch List

Historic Tacoma is now accepting nominations to its Watch List of historic properties deemed to be at risk.

Historic Tacoma’s WATCH List brings architecturally, culturally and historically significant sites to the attention of Tacoma citizens. The listed sites are in transition. Some are in danger because they are proposed for demolition, are suffering deterioration due to neglect, or are subject to potential redevelopment which would destroy their significant features. Others are in the process of rehabilitation and we expect to be able to report success stories of creative adaptive re-use.

These historic sites could be historic landscapes, commercial or residential properties, buildings with industrial character, buildings from the recent past, social or fraternal halls, or sacred places. The key factor is that they “typify Tacoma’s past.” Sites on the list do not need to be official historic landmarks, and inclusion on the list does not extend any such official status. It is, however, a means of calling attention from Historic Tacoma, and the public in general, to a property that may be at a critical point in its existence.

Sites currently on the list include First Congregational Church, the Brewery District, the Elks Lodge (hopefully soon to be removed), John R. Rogers Elementary, Murray Morgan Bridge, Old City Hall, Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, University-Union Club, and Hoyt Elementary. Some properties are saved; a recent success case was the rehabilitation of the Trinity United Methodist Church on East 35th Street. Some properties are not so lucky; remember the Luzon? Maybe this is a list worth paying a little more attention to…

Is there a property you think should be included on the list?

Nominations for the current cycle are due by midnight, Friday May 18th. If you have a site you’re concerned about, send your nomination to For details of Historic Tacoma’s Watch List, and nomination requirements, visit

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Stereo Boy

Haven’t all the last buildings on HT lists been destroyed? What possible difference does it make to nominate a building to a useless organization which has no control or real interest in actually saving it.  This is just a ruse to turn HT on to buildings they weren’t previously aware of in case they can suck some grant money from somewhere before the building is ultimately destroyed anyway. Historic Tacoma doest nothing to actually save buildings… they write and write and gather money and publish poor quality booklets and let buildings die.

April 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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tom waits

Wow, that is kind of harsh, and also suggests you don’t know what you are talking about.  Murray Morgan Bridge?  The Elks is soon to be under construction.  They’ve put in tons of work with schools and churches, with success.  There are few grants to be “sucked up” by anyone, much less Historic Tacoma.  The work is all volunteer.  They rely on their members.  You can argue about whether the efforts are effective or adequate in the face of some challenges like MultiCare’s relentless expansion, but the effort is genuine.  Educate thyself.

April 26, 2012 at 8:01 am / Reply / Quote and reply

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Stereo Boy

Tom, my comments come from direct experience with HT, and seeing its “volunteer” member only put effort into projects which steered $$$ into their own personal consulting businesses.  Follow the money and you’ll see who really profitted from the church and school surveys.  Look closer, my friend.

April 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm / Reply / Quote and reply

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