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


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.



Free Clean-Up
Saturday, August 17th

Jason Lee Middle School Parking Lot.

ID required: Bring driver’s license or recent TPU bill. No building materials; liquids; dirt, sod, etc. or regular household garbage.

See Aug. issue of the Trolley Times for details. Click here.

August 22nd Program: Recycling Changes Coming in October

Tacoma is adjusting to recycling market forces by changing recycling collection in the city. To give us a heads-up on the changes being implemented this fall, Mr. Preston Peck, from the city’s Environmental Services, will present a program called, “Recycling Reset,” to acquaint us with expected changes.

Mr. Peck works as a Waste Reduction Specialist, and will provide information to help us adjust to changes in the city’s recycling services caused by collapse of the market for many materials we presently recycle. Come, listen and learn with us!

Join us on Aug. 22nd, 7 pm, Immanuel Presbyterian Church Basement Room, Entrance on North 9th.
Coffee and time for chatting begins at 6:30, program at 7 pm.

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.