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Remember the Kalakala?
In a weird way similar to the Elks Building, I find the saga of the Kalakala curious and, often, torturous. It’s now back in the news. From the City of Tacoma’s newsroom:
Members of the City Council are scheduled to consider a resolution Jan. 24 that would recommend to the Washington State Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation that the art deco ferry the Kalakala be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kalakala is currently moored on the Hylebos Waterway at 1801 Taylor Way. If approved, the Council resolution notes that the historic places designation will not obligate the City to any future action or funding. The City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to support the nomination of the Kalakala for listing on the national register in December.
I love old boats. This old boat represents a very special time and place in the history of design. I wish her luck.
Update: The state has voted to put the Kalakala on the state register of historic places. Link to the News Tribune.
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