About the District
Old City Hall Historic District (National Register of Historic Places,
1977, and Tacoma Register, 1978) includes some of
ís most architecturally important buildings, and served as the City's
early commercial, governmental, and entertainment center from 1886
through the 1920s.
on a bluff overlooking
, this fascinating area provides the best glimpse into the past during
the days of boomtown
. It has been said that the city did not grow; it arrived - by rail -
when it was selected as the western terminus for the Northern Pacific
Railroad mighty transcontinental line.
(1892), which reflects the grand ambitions of the time, is an
outstanding example of the height of the Italianate style in
. Other striking buildings are found throughout the
district, including the
Northern Pacific Headquarters (1888), the
(1916), and the Winthrop Hotel (1925). Smaller brick buildings from the
time remain as reminders of
Whiskey Row, the
entertainment district that once thrived on the wages of dock workers
and politicians. New uses continue to thrive as buildings are
rehabilitated for office, retail and unique
maintaining the historic character of old Tacoma.
District Review District Requirements
Exterior changes to contributing buildings within the historic district
must be reviewed for historical appropriateness before the work is
commenced or permitted by the City.
is the Process?
Preservation Commission reviews applications for changes during
their regular meetings.
are available on this site in the Design
Review page, or by clicking the Quick Links menu on the top right of
Landmarks Preservation Commission uses the Secretary of the Interiorís Standards for the Rehabilitation
of Historic Properties to evaluate the appropriateness of proposed
Buildings undergoing substantial rehabilitation may qualify for
financial incentives, including the Special Tax Valuation Program and
the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
Please visit our financial incentives
page for more information.