“How will we know it’s us without our past?” — John Steinbeck

Native Plants to Highlight May’s Gardening Program

May 24, 2018
6:30 PM for Coffee Time, 7:00 PM for Program

Immanuel Presbyterian Church Basement Entrance on N 9th

Pierce County Master Gardener Marilyn Newton will join us on May 24th to discuss the use of native plants and trees in our gardens. As well as showing us the types of plants and where to use them, Ms. Newton will discuss their care so that we can successfully include these Northwest-loving plants and trees in our yards and gardens.

Come for an interesting evening of discussion and questions/answers about how to make our city yards reflect our climate. Questions? Call Judy Martin, 253-572-3058.

Landmarks Design Review Switching to Online Tacoma Permits System

In an effort to streamline the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s design review, the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office is moving this process to the online Tacoma Permits system.

This web-based permitting platform utilizes Accela software and offers a number of efficiencies including online permit application, online payment processing, and will efficiently track the permitting process in historic districts. The change to the new system will begin on Thursday, March 1. On this date, City staff will begin working with residents to use the system and expects to have the full permit process transitioned to the Tacoma Permits system by Tuesday, May 1.

“Our goal in making these changes is to bring the historic design review process in line with the other permitting services and technical assistance offered by the City,” said Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight. “This should result in simpler processing, and give customers more of a one-stop shopping experience.”

For more information on landmarks design review, visit http://cityoftacoma.org/LPCDesignReview/ or email LHoogkamer@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5254. For information on how to use or pre-register for a Tacoma Permits account, visit tacomapermits.org or emailTacomaPermits@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 591-5030.


Old historic homes that are located in the North Slope Historic District or the Wedge Historic District have special protection from inappropriate architectural changes; all changes made to these homes must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. This group of expert volunteers oversees changes made to structures on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, and approves changes to the structures.



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.