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2019 Annual Amendments

Once annually, the Commission may review and amend Commission bylaws and district guidelines and inventories.This item was held over from December due to meeting cancellation.


The proposed changes include the following:


Commission Bylaws
No proposed changes


Building Inventories
No proposed changes


North Slope and Wedge Neighborhood Historic District Design Guidelines

Draft Design Guidelines

Proposed Changes Summary


Public Hearing on February 26, 2020 

You may testify at the public hearing and/or provide written comments by noon.


Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

5:30 PM

747 Market Street, Room 248


Staff Contact

Reuben McKnight, Historic Preservation Officer


(253) 591-5220


Past Projects

Old City Hall Historic District Design Guidelines

Project Description

During 2018-19, the City of Tacoma created a new set of design guidelines for the Old City Hall Historic District, located in the north end of downtown between South 9th Street, the 705 Stadium exit, A Street and Broadway.  Tacoma's first established historic district, created in 1978, Old City Hall Historic District is listed on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, the Washington State Heritage Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Old City Hall Historic DistrictConsisting of approximately 40 buildings, the district represents some of Tacoma's earliest and most important surviving historic buildings, including the Northern Pacific Headquarters (1888), Old City Hall (1892) and the Elks Lodge (1915).

Within the district, development projects that affect the exterior appearance of buildings or public spaces require design approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, a volunteer citizen commission appointed by City Council to oversee historic preservation issues in Tacoma.  The Commission uses adopted historic standards and guidelines to determine whether projects are appropriate and in-keeping with the character of the area.  The Tacoma Municipal Code requires that, when a new historic district is established, a set of design guidelines be adopted to guide the design review process.  However, because the Old City Hall Historic District was created before this requirement was established, no guidelines have ever been formally adopted.  This project seeks to remedy this issue.


Adopted.  Please see Old City Hall Historic District in the Historic Districts link to the left for more information.


Staff Contact
Reuben McKnight, Historic Preservation Officer
(253) 591-5220