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Thursday November 17
Holiday Social Event

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N J St. (enter on N. 9th St.)

Social starts at 6:30 pm

Holidays are right around the corner, bringing up festive parties and celebrations. Join the NSHD Board and neighbors for a social evening of treats, coffee and conversation about holiday activities and North Slope happenings. The Board will co-host with all the sponsors of the Trolley Times, those invaluable supporters who make printing the newsletter possible.

Come and relax among friends, bring a neighbor, chat with Board members and sponsors, catch up on what’s going on in NSHD.
Questions? Call Judy Martin, 572-3059.


The City intends to offer an updated Residential Parking Permit Program for residential areas that regularly experience high parking density caused by an influx of non-resident vehicles. An example of such parking in NSHD would be hospital employee parking on streets near Division.

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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.