historic preservation

Tacoma Landmarks

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Historic Properties

There are over 1,300 properties in the City of Tacoma listed at the local, state and national levels, either as individually designated properties or within designated historic districts.

Tacoma City Landmarks

The City of Tacoma maintains the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, which includes individually registered City Landmarks in addition to Historic Districts and Conservation Districts. Properties are nominated to the Register by the Landmarks Commission, and designated by City Council resolution. Changes to the exteriors of City Landmark properties must be approved by the Landmarks Commission.

There are over 130 properties individually listed on Tacoma's Register of Historic Places, ranging in age from the 1870s through 1940. Landmark buildings and properties are scattered throughout the city, and represent a wide variety of perspectives, architectural design, and local history.

Nominating a Landmark
For information on nominating properties to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, please see the Nominating a Landmark page.

Requirements for Historic Projects
To find out more about requirements for historic projects, please see the pages on Design Review and Standards for Historic Projects.

Tacoma's Register of Historic Places
Individually listed Landmarks
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Washington State Heritage Register and the National Register of Historic Places

Washington Heritage Register

The Washington Heritage Register is maintained by the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP). Projects involving SEPA review and state funds must be reviewed for impacts to Washington Heritage Register properties. In addition, Tacoma has numerous examples of properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

National Register of Historic Places
Individually listed National Register-listed properties
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Finding a Historic Property

The City of Tacoma has a new GIS search tool that allows property owners to look up a property to see if it is a registered as a historic property:
Launch Historic Property Online Reference Tool

 

Please also visit the Resource Library, and the Related Sites page for more online information.