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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For details of Historic Tacoma’s Watch List, and nomination requirements, visit www.historictacoma.org.
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