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


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.

Research Your Home’s History with Northwest Room Materials

Brian Kamens, of the Main Library’s Northwest Room, will be presenting information at three workshops at three different Tacoma libraries, along with a local historian. The subject will be, “How to Research Your Home’s History.”

If you have never had the opportunity to hear about how the Northwest Room’s materials can give you information about Tacoma’s history and the historical buildings and places here, you are in for a treat at these free workshops.

You have three chances to come and listen and absorb information that will help you find out about the house you live in, or the people who lived in your house in the really old days. Come, listen, enjoy.

The workshops are free and people just need to show up, no registration required.

Sept. 22nd Sat. 10 am at Moore Library

Sept. 27th Thu 4:30 pm at Mottet Library

Oct. 17th Wed 5:30 pm at Tacoma Main Library

YOUR HOUSE IS HISTORY Learn How to Research your Property

Tacoma's Historical Preservation Office in partnership with the Tacoma Public Library, is offering three free workshops on how to research your historic home. Learn about the primary resources such as historic maps, newspapers, and directories. Brian Kamens from the Public Library will lead with help from a professional historian. Open to all, just come.

Moore Library Workshop
215 S 56th St.
Saturday Sept. 22nd 10am to noon

Mottet Library Workshop
3523 E G St
Thursday Sept. 27th 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm

Main Tacoma Library Workshop
1102 Tacoma Ave S
Wednesday Oct 17th 5:30 pm to 7:30 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.