Welcome to Tacoma's North Slope Historic District

Sunday September 18th
Tour of Historic Church

On September 18th at 2 pm, the current occupant of the historic building at 324 N. J St., Greater Destiny Church, will offer a tour of the former Temple Beth Israel. The tour will be hosted by Rev. Ivan Johnson, with a presentation by Deb Freedman about the lives of Jewish pioneers remembered in the memorial windows; Deb is from Tacoma Historical Society.

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Thursday November 17
Holiday Social Event

Nov. 17th is the date of the next NSHD General Meeting, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 North J. St. The agenda will include nominations for new Board Members, and a social time with food and conversation. Stay tuned for details here and in the November issue of the Trolley Times.

Thursday November 17
NSHD, Inc. Board Elections

Immanuel Presbyterian Church basement, enter on N. 9th St.

  • 7 pm sharp for the election process
  • Call Julie Turner, NSHD, Inc. Board Secretary, 253-383-2329 about being a candidate
Our neighborhood organization, NSHD, Inc. is an all-volunteer group of property owners in the North Slope Historic District. Each year the Board elects half of its membership to serve two-year terms. The group of about 16 people meets quarterly to plan activities and programs for our neighborhood and its residents.

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.