About the District
Union Depot-Warehouse Historic District (National Register of Historic
Places, 1980, and Tacoma Register, 1983) flanks Pacific Avenue
from South 17th Street
South 23rd Street
and extends up the hill to Jefferson Avenue. The Union Depot-Warehouse District is surrounded by the Union Station
architecture in the district is characterized by rugged brick warehouses
and factories, examples of commercial high style and industrial
vernacular architecture developed in America in
the early 1900s. The
district was a major distribution point for goods that arrived by
railway during the 1890s through the 1920s.
Station (1911) itself is a stunning landmark, with its massive arches
and a copperclad dome. The adaptive reuse of Union Station as a Federal
Courthouse earned the City of
Tacoma a National Preservation Honor Award in 1994.
urban campus. Other
buildings in the district are being rehabilitated for use as apartments,
In 1999, the National Preservation Honor Award again came to
with the University
of Washington, Tacoma’s adaptive reuse of the warehouse buildings along Pacific as its new
businesses, restaurants and
shops. Many of the projects in the Union Depot/Warehouse District
are outstanding examples of
historically sensitive adaptive reuse.
District Review 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.
addition, properties within the surrounding Union
Station Conservation District must
obtain approval for new construction, demolition, or for installation or
modification of signs.
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
Landmarks Preservation Commission uses the Union
Station Design Guidelines 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.