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Tacoma Landmarks

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The City of Tacoma maintains the Tacoma Register of Historic Places, which includes individually registered City Landmarks in addition to Historic Districts and Conservation Districts. Nominations of properties to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places may be made by citizens or property owners, which are then reviewed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  If found to meet the criteria, the Commission makes recommendations for designation to City Council. Changes to the exteriors of City Landmark properties must be approved by the Landmarks Commission.


There are over 180 properties individually listed on Tacoma's Register of Historic Places, ranging in age from the 1870s through 1940. Landmark buildings and properties are scattered throughout the city, and represent a wide variety of perspectives, architectural design, and local history.


Tacoma Register of Historic Places (PDF)

Tacoma Register of Historic Places (search)

Historic Properties Inventory Database (search)


Pending Landmark Nominations

When new landmark nominations are under review, they are posted on the Agendas and Minutes page, under the Landmarks Preservation Commission tab.


National Register Landmarks

To search for Tacoma properties on the National Register of Historic Places, use the National Register Database.


Listing on the National Register does not restrict future alterations, nor does it affect future use of the property. Projects that occur on or near the site of a listed property or district may be subject to review under SEPA, NEPA, or Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and may be required to employ measures to reduce or mitigate impacts to affected historic properties. Listed properties may be eligible for federal historic rehabilitation tax credits if listed or determined eligible for listing. The National Register does not alter the requirements and incentives already in effect under TMC 13.05.047.