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Salmon Beach Historic District

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About the District


The district at Salmon Beach is listed on the Washington Heritage Register, and represents a rare glimpse of the waterfront lifestyle from the first part of the 20th century. The original community was a collection of approximately 100 cabins built on stilts at the base of a steep bluff bordering the Tacoma Narrows. Several cabins, including Cabin #97 (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) are in close to original condition, representing the small, intimate and independent character of the historic Salmon Beach community.

District Requirements

The Salmon Beach District is not listed on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, so changes to buildings in this district do not require review by the Landmarks Preservation Commission or Historic Preservation Office.

Exceptions include projects that involve federally or state-owned properties or are funded using federal or state funds, and properties subject to Shoreline permits, SEPA or federally required permits.

Financial Incentives

Properties in the Salmon Beach District that are eligible for the Tacoma Register of Historic Places may also qualify for the Special Tax Valuation Incentive if individually nominated to the register.

Please visit our financial incentives page for more information.