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Mar. 31, 2009 at 3:14am

Historic Tacoma First: Building Removed From Watch List

This just in from the hard working folks over at Historic Tacoma:

Trinity UMC (Heath & Gove, 1913-15) was on Historic Tacoma's original Watch List of vulnerable properties due to its deteriorated and vacant condition.  The Trinity congregation disbanded in late 2007 and the structure  became the responsibility of the United Methodist judicatory/Pacific NW Conference.  The building was vandalized in July 2008.  Both Historic Tacoma and neighborhood residents expressed concern and attended a walk-through and discussion on the future of the building early last fall.

Since then, Calvary United Methodist Church, a growing southside Samoan congregation, has been working with the Conference to rehabilitate the structure.  Through a significant commitment of time and labor on the part of the congregation and financial support from the Conference, a successful rehabilitation was just completed.

The church was reconsecrated and dedicated as Kalevaria United Methodist Church on March 28, 2009.  Historic Tacoma was there and can report a stunning rehab, a vibrant congregation, and another successful step in the revitalization of a historic neighborhood.

The property is the first to be removed from Historic Tacoma's Watch List and is a great rehabilitation success story.  Congratulations and thanks go to Rev. Michael Seui and the Kalevaria congregation and to Rev. Sharon Moe, District Superintendent of the UMC Judicatory/ Pacific NW Conference.

A hearty congrats to the congregation for all their hard work and to Historic Tacoma for keeping a watchful eye on our wonderful historic local resources.

Link to Historic Tacoma

comments [10]  |  posted under historic tacoma, mckinley, preservation, tacoma

Comments

by NSHDscott on 3/31/2009 @ 10:56am
How do you type a standing ovation?

by Erik on 3/31/2009 @ 11:09am
Good news.

by morgan on 3/31/2009 @ 11:35am
Awesome! Thanks for sharing the news!

by Dave_L on 3/31/2009 @ 11:44am
Even better than standing ovation, this is even more proof proof that support via memberhip to Historic Tacoma is a good thing for Tacoma and for you. Though I know many of you are members already.
(Come to think of it, my renewal may be due.)

by NineInchNachos on 3/31/2009 @ 1:00pm
Shouldn't this be a Todd Matthews/Daily Index blog post?

also by the slope of the roof and position of tower you could set up a nice indoor skiing ramp in there.

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/31/2009 @ 3:30pm
I'd like to see jenyum photoshop the Kalakala parked on the curb; one photo with it hortizontal and one with it vertical.

by morgan on 3/31/2009 @ 8:11pm
Dave_L: Thanks for pointing that out David. So many people want to see Tacoma change for the better and yet so few are willing to get involved hands-on or through membership in local grass-roots organizations. It's very easy to complain, whine, and be sarcastic on the blogs, but if supporting real effort such as preserving Tacoma's historic architecture is important to you, please consider a donation or membership to Historic Tacoma.

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/31/2009 @ 10:03pm
Morgan: This article reveals nothing about Historic Tacoma's relation to United Methodist judicatory/Pacific NW Conference.

What it does say is this: "Both Historic Tacoma and neighborhood residents expressed concern and attended a walk-through and discussion on the future of the building early last fall."

What I gathered from this article is that church members brought about change with other church members. This was a Christian fellowship matter within the Methodist community.

If you're just happy for United Methodist Church, that's one thing.

If Historic Tacoma actually contributed knowledge to United Methodist Church administrative and legacy planning, then let's hear about it.



by NineInchNachos on 3/31/2009 @ 10:11pm
i'm pro-churches but anti-religions.

Even so, maybe I can donate a cartoon sale or two to historic tacoma.

by Mofo from the Hood on 4/1/2009 @ 7:15am
Hey NIN, at the point where you can just stroll through a vacant building and perform miracles of transformation I still wouldn't join your church.

The thing about this Christian building is that it is under the sovreignty of God. Men do not contribute to the knowledge of God.

Christian's perform for God, not men.

Hey all, look at what God and the whole Christian community has contributed to Tacoma–Millions of dollars to build church buildings all over Tacoma in order to provide a safe haven for personal and spiritual growth–Everbody is welcome to join.

Radical!


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