In honor of historic preservation in Tacoma
, the Landmarks Preservation Commission
has released its list of 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation Award recipients.
This year's list recognizes the preservation efforts of Tacoma's
exceptional residential restorations, grassroots efforts and stewards of historic properties.
The 2008 Preservation Awards will be presented at the City Council
meeting on Oct. 28.
The award recipients include David & Josephine Root; Todd & Paula Bond; Dr. Caroline T. Swope & David Waring; Metro Parks; Chinese Reconciliation Park; Historic Tacoma; and Save Our Bridge. (Oct 22 2008)
Members of the City Council
are scheduled Oct. 21 to watch a documentary film produced by the Tacoma
Civil Rights Project, which highlights individuals and institutions involved in the civil rights movement in Tacoma.
Curated by Tacoma historian Tom Stenger, this exhibit examines the ways in which Tacoma welcomed sailors to town during two eras -- early in the 20th century and during the 1930's and 1940's.
What kind of entertainment and services did Tacoma
is broadcast on cable Channel 12 within Tacoma
and on Channel 21 in parts of Pierce County.
The awards recognize community members' vision, dedication and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma
Originally part of a 110-year-old trail system that crossed Tacoma
and extended to Mt. Rainier, remnants of the historic 1896 Water Ditch Trail "spine" are still used today.
A nomination to designate Tacoma's
"Wedge" neighborhood as the city's next historic district will be reviewed for the second time this month by the City of Tacoma's
Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Under the proposed agreement, Pierce County
and the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District would jointly purchase the 567-acre airport and 18-hole golf course from Tacoma
for $5 million.
Of the county's $3 million share, $2 million will come from the sale of the Elk Plain Road Shop property in Graham, and the other $1 million is real estate excise taxes set aside in the 2008 budget.
If the park district defaults on its payments, the county will cover the difference and assume sole ownership of the property.
County Public Works and Utilities staff believe they can operate Tacoma Narrows Airport
at a profit the first year by sharing equipment with Thun Field, Pierce County's current airport on South Hill.
Before the proposal advances to the full council, the Rules and Operations Committee
will consider it at its Sept. 22 meeting at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers (930 Tacoma
Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma).
Visit the council Web site for more information. (Sep 19 2008)
Purple lights in October will raise domestic violence awareness
The Commission Against Domestic Violence hopes to see purple porch lights shining throughout Tacoma
and Pierce County next month.
On Sept. 10, the commission revisited the item and opened it up to public comment before voting to recommend the nomination and forward it City Council
, which has the final vote on adding buildings to Tacoma's
historic register. (Sep 17 2008)
The CRDs were awarded to three commercial building projects in Tacoma
Home furnishing retailer IKEA will officially inaugurate its Northwest Distribution Center near Tacoma
with a ceremony Weds., Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.
Applications can be obtained from Parks and Recreation, 9112 Lakewood Drive S.W., Lakewood, or the Office of the County Executive, 930 Tacoma
Ave. S. room 737, Tacoma.
Wedge neighborhood go historic?
For Schlegel Sports
, the Dallas, Tex.-based sports management team that purchased the Tacoma Rainiers
in 2006 and wrapped up its second complete season of ownership this week, boosting fan attendance is one of several tasks it faces in presenting minor league baseball in Tacoma
A visit with the team's front office, where executives are building support for Tacoma's
hometown nine. (Sep 04 2008)
Much appreciated your story on Tacoma's [heritage] trees ("Saving Tacoma's Urban Arbor," 08/26/08 -- http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1296206&more=0 ). A heritage tree program would be a good measure for the city.
But beyond that, better forestry and tree management practices are in order.
Consider that each property owner is responsible for maintaining the street trees in front of their property.
On streets like Yakima, one of Tacoma's
best planted streets, that has led to some unfortunate mishaps.
Designed by Chicago architecture firm Burnham & Root, it was one of the first high-rise towers on the West Coast, the embodiment of engineering genius - sturdy brick shell, cast iron columns, and wood construction on the upper floors -- that allowed the building to top out at a soaring height for 1890s Tacoma
When sifting back through Tacoma's
history, one valuable resource is the City of Tacoma's
register of historic places.
The list includes nearly 150 properties spanning from the 1870s to the 1950s.
An equally valuable resource could be the city's trees.
is home to many so-called "heritage trees" that date back to the late-1890s and early-1900s.
Located in Tacoma's
Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on the Puget Sound where visitors can travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the Fur Trade era.
It's one of many trees in the area that date back through much of Tacoma's
A dramatic decline in revenue collected by the City of Tacoma through Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET) could delay $2.4 million in facilities and maintenance improvements slated for 20 fire stations throughout Tacoma, according to a presentation made Tuesday by the City's finance and budget director.
Instead, Alexander -- a preservationist who once served on the board of directors of Historic Tacoma -- thought of another plan. (Aug 19 2008)
This year's fundraising event will focus on the role of streetcars in Tacoma's
Other auction items include a driving tour of Tacoma's
former streetcar system, historic photos of Tacoma
, a Lionel K-line trolley set, and a 2-hour historic harbor cruise aboard the Destiny for thirty guests.
Discover some of Tacoma's
hidden treasures from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 23, during the 2nd annual Tacoma Community Garden Tour.
LeMay Car Museum will hold the 31st Annual LeMay Museum Car Show & Auction Sponsored by AAA Washington at the Marymount Academy and the LeMay grounds in Tacoma on Sat., Aug. 30 from 9am to 5pm.
According to a statement, DOR
has installed self-service computer workstations in each of its 12 field offices, including Tacoma
According to Historic Tacoma's Web site, he is an architectural intern with Belay Architecture in Tacoma, and serves on the Wright Park Steering Committee and New Tacoma Neighborhood Council.
According to organizers, the free event is aimed to celebrate the local and regional arts scene in Tacoma's
urban museum district.
According to Historic Tacoma, exhibit designer and architect Bert Smyser, who designed the Coffee Pot Restaurant (known today as Bob's Java Jive) was behind the design and construction of the Streamline Moderne house in 1941.
The City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber have signed a contract for the management of Tollefson Plaza that will have the Chamber manage this public space and its growth as a center for Tacoma's civic life. (Aug 05 2008)
The Board of Health unanimously recommended Dr. Chen to County Executive John Ladenburg and Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma.
"The building, both architecturally and culturally, represents the post-World War II building boom and the emergence of the mid-century American teenage culture in Tacoma
(Jul 23 2008)
The City Council
is scheduled during its July 22 meeting to hold a public hearing on the proposed sale of approximately 15.7 acres of Tacoma Power's industrial land located at 1300 Taylor Way in the tideflats area of Tacoma
, $36,500 will be spent on projects that include artifact conservation at Fort Nisqually, newspaper clipping preservation by Tacoma Public Library
, and a monument plaque for Allen C. Mason Plaza requested by the Tacoma Historical Society.
(Jul 17 2008)
The governor was joined at the celebration by Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Deputy Secretary Dave Dye, Gig Harbor Mayor Chuck Hunter, Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, and other elected and community leaders. (Jul 17 2008)
"The Aurora Bridge is a designated City of Seattle landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places," said WSDOT Regional