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

DESIGN GUIDELINES PROMOTE ARCHITECTURAL INTEGRITY

Historic homes that are located in the North Slope Historic District or the Wedge Historic District are granted special protection from inappropriate architectural changes because they are on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. The National Register gives honor to the homes in its historic districts, but it takes being on the Tacoma Register to get protection.

Protection from what, you may ask? 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.

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PURPOSE OF NSHD, INC.

The North Slope Historic District, Inc. is a neighborhood group, open to property owners and residents within the boundaries of the City-designated North Slope Historic District. The purposes of the organization are:

A. Preserve the District’s history.

B. Promote Community welfare and neighborhood interaction.

C. (Enhance) Community development, maintenance, and beautification.

The group has a Board of Directors, who direct programs and activities designed to be of educational, informational and social interest to the neighborhood. Browse our website to find articles about the history, activities, relationship with Tacoma’s Landmarks Commission, as well as program topics coming up.

DADU Code Passed City Council

On March 19th, the City Council voted to pass the new code for Attached and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADU). This new code reinstates some design standards removed by the PC, and has three amendments that are good for all neighborhoods:

  1. Limits size of new a DADU unit to 1000sf.
  2. Requires an owner-occupant in one unit if it is used for nightly/weekly renting (AirBNB).
  3. Sets up a Review and Reporting requirement to examine and perhaps modify the code as time goes along.
There is no requirement to provide off-street parking, but there are incentives for providing it. And, of course, no one owner-occupant required in house or DADU unit.

Our Council Member, Robert Thoms worked hard to help with our concerns, and he comments: “It is my intent to review and report on what is happening with ADUs and DADUs through this reporting requirement that CM Hunter and I added.”

Julie Turner, Editor

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.