About the District
Wedge Neighborhood Historic District was established on May 24, 2011 by
City Council Ordinance #27981, in response to a request submitted in
2008 by neighborhood residents.
The Wedge Neighborhood is significant in its representation of a pre-WWII middle class Tacoma neighborhood, and the profiles of its residents, which cut across professions and background, tell a typical story of an emerging community.
The original Wedge settlers were a very diverse group of people from all walks of life, from many parts of the country, and from many other parts
of the world. Many of these early residents were born in Germany, Sweden, Norway and England. They brought their languages, foods, culture and religions. included professionals, laborers, merchants and the clergy. Some owners of large homes took in boarders and extended-family members. The population included pioneers, successful merchants and businessmen, European immigrants, westward
travelers, as well as professionals and civil servants.
Neighborhood Historic 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.
A project generally requires
Landmarks Preservation Commission review, if:
…It 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.
types of projects are exempt from these requirements, including:
that affect only non-contributing structures and nonresidential
…Projects that do not require a City Building permit;
…Projects on the interior of a building;
…Plumbing, sewer, electrical, or landscaping projects.
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
Wedge Neighborhood Conservation District
The Wedge Neighborhood Conservation
District is intended to “buffer” the core historic district from
impacts resulting from development in the surrounding area.
The Conservation District therefore has fewer design review
The following projects require
Landmarks Preservation Commission review and approval:
Houses undergoing substantial rehabilitation may qualify for the Special
Tax Valuation program, a property tax incentive which can reduce
your property tax assessment.