TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Dec. 4, 2009 at 11:00am

THS Downtown Exhibit Center RIP

I was sorry to learn this morning the Tacoma Historical Society will close its downtown exhibit center later this month. According to an e-mail from long-time THS member Dale Wirsing, the organization will consolidate its operations at its Cedar Street location. THS cited the current financial downturn for the decision. The current exhibit, "From Ruins to Renaissance: The Architecture of Downtown Tacoma," will run through Dec. 12. After that, the center (located on Broadway) will close.

This is bad news for anyone interested in local history. I have been consistently impressed with THS's fascinating exhibits (vintage postcards, mosquito fleets, passenger trains, downtown architecture). I always looked forward to visiting the exhibit center because it meant another opportunity to interview and write about some interesting people and their collections.

Here are some recent TDI features on the exhibit center:

-- Ahoy, History Buffs! City's role in century-old shore leave focus of new Tacoma Historical Society exhibit (PDF)

-- Building History: THS exhibit celebrates downtown Tacoma's architectural icons (PDF)

-- Long Distance Memories: A lifelong, photographic tour through Tacoma's passenger train history (PDF)

comments [8]  |  posted under Downtown, History, Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 12/4/2009 @ 1:21pm
maybe a good spot for Morgan's cafe ?

by morgan on 12/4/2009 @ 1:38pm
Maybe their museum could go inside a cafe? Hmm...

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/4/2009 @ 8:24pm

"From Ruins to Renaissance: The Architecture of Downtown Tacoma" will be closing because of "the current financial downturn".

by fredo on 12/5/2009 @ 7:09am
Business has been slipping on Broadway ever since it's anchor business the Mecca Theatre and Chicken Soup Emporium closed.

by Non Sequitur on 12/5/2009 @ 7:20pm
I am not ashamed to admit that I did go to the Mecca Theater on many occasions.

And you know what? I've seen more than one former city council member there.

by NineInchNachos on 12/6/2009 @ 6:37pm
Infinite soups is doing pretty good in it's weird location under sanford & sons. I'd say they're the rising star of Broadway.

Hey Morgan, did Elliot ever email you about his gourmet PBJ cafe idea? I think it would be a great alternative to the cupcake fad.

by jenyum on 12/6/2009 @ 6:47pm
Once took the eldest to a gourmet grilled cheese restaurant in NYC. They didn't have high chairs or any idea how to serve a grilled cheese to a little kid.

by NineInchNachos on 12/6/2009 @ 7:01pm
there you see! what more proof do you need?


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