Feb. 5, 2008 at 8:17am
The Whitman Area Neighbors are looking to make history!! Actually, we are looking for history - our group is in the beginning stages of the historic district process. To date, we have photographed each home in our very rough boundaries. In our 38th to 43rd, Thompson to M Street boundaries, we have 240 parcels. 67 of those homes are 100 years old and roughly 10 more just turned 100. Many of the homes were built in the 1920s.
We are looking for any history or pictures that folks may have or resources that may point us in the right direction. We have found much already (My home is on old church property and my neighbor's house is the rectory), but we need more information. Anything on builders, architects or just a good story about the neighborhood will help.
Thanks for your help -
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by Skydiving Agent on 2/5/2008 @ 8:33am
|The other day I was home sick watching afternoon cable at my house on Thompson and I heard a knock on my door. It was one of my neighbors, bringing me a big fat folder full of information on my house.
The information he collected showed who had lived in the house for the past 100 years, and included a picture of the street 60 years ao and a bunch of other stuff!
I kept looking at the very nice man who brought everything over thinking, "I know this guy from somewhere....?" It turns out he is a Barista at the Broadway Tully's. And apparently this is his hobby! It was such an unexpected pleasure to get all of this information, he might be a valuable resource for you, Pat!
by SouthEnd on 2/5/2008 @ 8:37am
|Thanks Marguerite - he is one of the guys that is currently working on this also - he lives on J Street - it is great to find out the history of the area - our goal is to preserve it - our next meeting will have this as an agenda item...
We have some of the best neighbors in this city in the Whitman neighborhood!!!
by morgan on 3/21/2008 @ 3:58pm
|How is the historic district designation going?
You know what always helps historic districts? More trees. And I do believe that with the City of Tacoma Innovative Grants currently underway, you can apply for funding for a community tree planting party. Just an idea.
by SouthEnd on 3/26/2008 @ 9:27pm
Didn't check the blog in awhile, but thanks for asking..We're getting there - we have a lot of research done and are wading our way through the pplication. the city hired an architectual hisotrian who will be helping us take all that information and get into application form...
I am excited for the next year - as I have some time to devote to the project...
We'll be putting in for the innovative grants...
Have a great evening..
by Erik on 3/26/2008 @ 9:39pm
|we have a lot of research done and are wading our way through the pplication. the city hired an architectual hisotrian who will be helping us take all that information and get into application form...
Good meeting you in person finally Pat. Keep us up to date.