About the District
boasts one of the largest
neighborhood historic districts in the country with the North Slope
Historic Special Review district, which is listed on the
Tacoma (1994, expanded in 1996 and 1999),
State, and National Registers of Historic Places (2003). The North Slope
Historic District encompasses more than 950 properties.
district was created in response to an initiative from residents who
value the atmosphere these historic homes create in the neighborhood.
Few homes in the district are high style;
instead the neighborhood is
composed primarily of middle class Victorian, Craftsman, Colonial
Revival and Foursquare style
houses, representing a fine collection of
Pacific Northwest versions of the residential
architecture popular in the United States
prior to World War II.
Residents today take great pride in their historic homes, beautiful
streets, and enjoy the experience of living a traditional neighborhood
lifestyle. Street signs mark the extent of the North Slope Historic
District, which extends from North I Street to North Grant Avenue, and
between Division Avenue and Steele Street, in the angle where Tacoma's
street grid adjusts to follow the shoreline and link Old Town, developed
in the 1870s, with New Tacoma which was built to meet the railroad line
in the 1890s.
North Slope Historic Special Review District Requirements
your house is located within the boundaries of the historic district (download
map), then changes to the exterior of your property may
require design review by the Historic Preservation Officer and the
Landmarks Preservation Commission if permits are required, as
required in TMC 13.07.360. This includes changes to windows, siding,
additions, chimneys, porches and decks.
project will require Landmarks Preservation Commission review, if:
is a new construction project or demolition; or
…It involves a contributing historic structure, AND
…It involves exterior work, AND
…It requires a building permit.
are exempt from Landmarks Commission review, if:
project involves a non-contributing structure, but does not involve
…The project does not require a permit; or
…The project does not involve any exterior work; or
…The project involves plumbing, sewer, electrical, or landscaping
is the Process?
Preservation Commission reviews applications for changes during
their regular meetings.
are available on this site in the Design
Review section, or by clicking the Quick Links menu on the top right of
Wedge Neighborhood and North Slope Historic District Design
Houses undergoing substantial rehabilitation may qualify for the Special
Tax Valuation program, a property tax incentive which can reduce
your property tax assessment.
The North Slope
Historic District Organization