Historic preservation protects the future by honoring the past.

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.

AUGUST PROGRAM FEATURES CITY MANAGER

On August 24th, NSHD, Inc. will host Tacoma’s new City Manager, Elizabeth Pauli. Please come and meet her, welcome her to our neighborhood, and hear her vision of what Tacoma needs, now and in the future. Ms Pauli was Interim City Manager when she was tapped to serve as City Manager in May, 2017. After a national search for a city manager, Council Members decided that a current employee was the best fit. Ms Pauli became the first woman to hold this position in Tacoma when she was appointed. Come to the meeting on August 24th, Immanuel Presbyterian, 901 N. J. Basement Meeting Room, Entrance on North 9th St. Coffee Hour at 6:30, Meeting at 7 pm.

Free Clean-up Day Saturday, August 12th

10am-1:45pm
Jason Lee Middle School Parking Lot
ID required: Bring driver’s license or recent power bill

Tacoma Public Utility residential solid waste customers, who own or rent a single-family home or duplex in the NSHD, are invited to dispose of items that don’t fit in the garbage or recycle bins. Bring electronics, lawn equipment (empty fluids first), tires, carpet, furniture, exercise equipment, metals, barbecues (no ashes or propane tanks), strollers, etc. Shredder for documents will also be provided.

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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.