Morgan's Brain

Oct. 22, 2008 at 6:00am

Historic Tacoma's Watch List

Got this in my in box. I think the city used to do something like this but haven't heard about it in years. It's good to see people looking out for Tacoma's future!

Historic Tacoma announces its first Watch List, calling attention to nine architecturally significant historic sites that are in transition. Some are in danger, facing demolition, deterioration due to neglect, or redevelopment which may destroy their significant features.  Several properties are for sale.  Other structures are in the process of rehabilitation and may soon stand as success stories of creative re-use.

Through our Watch List, we want to call attention to sites that are vulnerable - these are the buildings and streetscapes that tell Tacoma's story.  We're literally watching these sites with concern and interest; each one contributes to Tacoma's rich and unique built environment.

Historic Tacoma's Watch List includes:

Brewery District
Pivotal buildings include the 1901-19 Pacific Brewing & Malting Company (for sale), Alt Heidelberg Brewery (facing demolition), 1927 Meadowsweet Dairy (for lease), 1910 City Shops &  Stables, and the 1911 Nisqually Power Plant Substation

Elks Lodge, 1901 (for sale)

First Congregational Church, 1907-08 (vulnerable)

Luzon Building, 1891 (rehabilitation in process)

John R. Rogers Elementary School, 1907 (for sale)

Murray Morgan Bridge, 1913 (in transition)

Trinity United Methodist Church, 1913-15 (rehabilitation in process)

Union Club, 1888 (for sale)

Wedge Neighborhood (seeking historic district status)
Pivotal buildings on S. Sheridan include the Titlow Mansion
           
For photos and more details on these properties, see Historic Tacoma's website 

Historic Tacoma does not currently have the means to purchase, restore, or otherwise save any of the listed sites.  The organization is committed to bringing parties with the necessary resources and expertise together and to providing technical advice as requested.  But some of the sites will only be preserved with the support of local and involved grass root advocates.

Historic Tacoma's Watch List will evolve as conditions change.  The list may include historic landscapes, commercial and residential properties, buildings with industrial character, buildings from the recent past, social and fraternal halls, and sacred places -- all of which typify Tacoma's past. 

If you have good stories to tell about any of these sites, please contact Brett Santhuff at bsanthuff@harbornet.com  Historic Tacoma may be accepting nominations to its Watch List at a later date.
 

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by fredo on 10/22/2008 @ 12:30pm
Morgan@ Another good posting. I'm afraid much of the brewery district is gone or soon to be demolished. We must preserve the Pacific Brewery and related buildings. It's the best we have. Heidelberg has little architectural interest though a great history. Marinoff brewery

by fredo on 10/22/2008 @ 12:30pm
Morgan@ Another good posting. I'm afraid much of the brewery district is gone or soon to be demolished. We must preserve the Pacific Brewery and related buildings. It's the best we have. Heidelberg has little architectural interest though a great history. Marinoff brewery

by fredo on 10/22/2008 @ 12:33pm
As I was saying, the Marinoff Brewery across from the Brown and Haley factory was mostly demolished. Part of it is still there. What other brewery buildings do we have? Apologies for my computer which wants to post before my thought is complete.