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Old City Hall Historic District Design Guidelines

Old City Hall Historic District Design Guidelines Adopted


July 24, 2019



Tanisha Jumper, Media and Communications, tjumper@ci.tacoma.wa.us, (253) 591-5152
Megan Snow, Media and Communications, msnow@cityoftacoma.org, (253) 591-5051


Design Guidelines for Old City Hall Historic District Adopted


The Landmarks Preservation Commission formally adopted the first set of design guidelines for the Old City Hall Historic District on July 10, 2019.


The guidelines, which have been under development since 2018, provide guidance to the Commission, property owners and designers for the alteration of existing historic buildings as well as for infill design, to ensure the preservation of the district's character for generations to come.


“These design guidelines will simplify the review process for property owners and managers,” said Reuben McKnight, City of Tacoma Historic Preservation Officer.


Created in 1978, the Old City Hall Historic District is composed of approximately 40 buildings, including some of Tacoma's most iconic and important buildings, such as Old City Hall (1893), the recently renovated Elks Temple (1915), and the Northern Pacific Headquarters Building (1888).


To view the guidelines, visit cityoftacoma.org/historicpreservation and follow the links to "Tacoma's Historic Districts." For more information, contact Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight at reuben.mcknight@cityoftacoma.org or 591-5220.