Welcome to Tacoma's North Slope Historic District

Tacoma's North Slope Historic District is a trapezoidal-shaped district bounded by North I Street to the north, Division Avenue to the east, and N Steele Street to the west. North Grant Avenue caps off the south end of the district. The North Slope has 1,285 resources and is one of the state's largest historic districts.

The District was settled primarily as a residential neighborhood and contains a wide variety of architectural styles including Stick Style, Queen Anne, Craftsman, American Foursquare,Tudor Revival, and Mission Revival. Within it you will find many churches, apartments, and a few business areas.

The neighborhood developed over time and it is common to find structures built structures built 20, 30 or even 50 years later.

There were three building booms within the district: 1888 to 1893, 1902 to 1915, and 1919 to 1929. Nearly 80 percent of the homes were built prior to 1930.

Tacoma's North Slope Historic District is a cohesive neighborhood that represents the social and economic history of Tacoma. The district represents a cross culture of individuals - both famous and ordinary - whose skills and talents played a role in the development and growth of the city. The early residents included professionals, trades people, business proprietors, railroad employees, and celebrities - all living in a close-knit neighborhood.

The district embodies the distinctive characteristics of residential development in Tacoma. Many of these dwellings represent the work of master craftsmen and architects. The period of significance for the district runs from 1881 to 1955. In 1955, the City of Tacoma changed zoning laws that allowed some of the neighborhood's older homes to be demolished and replaced by apartment buildings.

Residents of the North Slope Historic District are united by more than their affinity for old homes. The district's board is made up of residents who are dedicated to the betterment of our neighborhood. Board members discuss and take action on issues pertaining to safety, zoning, historic preservation and more. Each year the board plans a variety of educational and social activities for residents.

Tuesday August 2
National Night Out

National Night Out is a nation-wide program to encourage neighbors to get together at a block party, ice cream social, potluck, or other outdoor event to build neighborhood unity. The important feature of any block-party is to establish a way to be in touch with each other when needed.

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Saturday August 13
Free NSHD Clean-up

The NSHD, Inc., with Tacoma Neighborhood and Community Based Services, will be cleaning-up the neighborhood again this year. In the past 5 years, we’ve disposed of 68 tons of garbage during this event. This is a chance for NSHD residential solid-waste customers, who own or rent a single-family home or duplex in the NSHD, to dispose of items that don’t fit in garbage or recycle bins, for free.

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Thursday August 18
Safety in NSHD

Safety in our neighborhood will be the theme of the NSHD Program meeting on Aug. 18th.

Featured presenter will be our City Council Member, Robert Thoms, who will discuss:

  • The Property Crime Task Force Recommendations and what NSHD residents can do to utilize the suggestions for neighborhood safety; a Tacoma police officer will also be there.
  • The 21st St. Power Line changes that will impact North I St., as well as needed pedestrian safety measures on North I.
  • Effects of increased development in Tacoma and adjacent to NSHD.

Join us with your questions, suggestions and ideas for how we can improve safety in our homes and neighborhood.

August 18, 7pm,

Immanuel Presbyterian Church,
901 N. J.

Enter on North 9th.

Coffee time at 6:30pm, meeting starts at 7:00pm.