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Proposed College Park Historic District

Proposed College Park Historic District



On May 3, 2021, the City received a written request and petition to create a new local historic overlay zone in the "College Park" neighborhood adjacent to the University of Puget Sound Campus.  The area proposed for the historic overlay zone forms an inverted L shape, bordering the north and east edges of the UPS campus along N 18th and N Alder Streets respectively, with N 21st Street forming the northern boundary, Pine Street forming the eastern boundary, with N 8th Street at the southernmost edge, and N Union forming the western edge (please see map below). 


The proposed area is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the College Park Historic District, which was designated by the National Park Service 2017. 


Proposed District Boundaries




It includes 582 primary buildings, 509 of which are contributing properties. Architectural types include Queen Anne; Colonial and Tudor revivals, Minimal Traditional, and Craftsman. The period of significance is 1890 to 1960, during which most of the homes were built. The district represents the broad pattern of social and economic history of Tacoma. College Park also embodies the distinctive characteristics of homes from this period and includes the work of master craftsmen and architects.


College Park




College Park local historic district request 

College Park National Register Historic District Nomination

Public Information Session 8/11/21 presentation

Landmarks Preservation Commission response to Home In Tacoma


Review Schedule

On July 28, 2021, the Landmarks Preservation Commission adopted a tentative review schedule for consideration of this proposal (below).  The intent of this schedule is to consider distinct aspects of the district request individually, and to allow adequate time for public comment.


Proposed Schedule


How to Participate 

In addition to formal Public Hearings at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Planning Commission and City Council, property owners and Tacoma residents will have the opportunity to ask questions at two public information sessions scheduled following the regular Landmarks Commission meetings for August 11, 2021 and September 8, 2021 at 5:30 pm. 


The Commission meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:30 PM.  Currently, Commission meetings are being conducted virtually.


Both Public Information Sessions can be attended at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84794178334, or by dialing +1 (253) 215-8782  and entering the meeting ID 847 9417 8334 when prompted.



Frequently Asked Questions 


What is a Historic Special Review District?

Historic districts are overlay zones, meaning that the regulations of the historic district are added “on top of” the existing base land use zoning.  In general, historic districts create a design review process and design guidelines for proposed remodeling projects.


How does being in a Historic District affect my property?

In general, new construction and projects affecting the exteriors of existing historic homes within the boundaries of a local Historic Special Review District require the review and approval of the Landmarks Preservation Commission prior to the issuance of permits.  In addition, demolition of historic properties is highly discouraged.


In certain cases, substantial remodeling projects that are historically compatible with the character of the building may qualify for property tax incentives.


What is the Historic District Designation Process?

A proposed historic district must be reviewed by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which examines the historic significance of the proposed area and the proposed guidelines for future projects in the district, the Planning Commission, which reviews the compatibility of the proposal with the City Comprehensive Plan, and the City Council, which establishes the historic district via ordinance.


At each step, there are opportunities to formally submit written or oral testimony at Public Hearings.


How Can I Get More Information or Comment?

To ask questions about this process and to provide feedback, please mark your calendar for:

  • Public Information Sessions on August 11, 2021 and September 8, 2021 (following the regular Landmarks Preservation Commission meetings at 5:30 PM)
  • Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for November 10, 2021 (please note that separate public notice will be sent for public hearings)

If you are unable to attend the above sessions, have general comments or questions for staff or the Landmarks Preservation Commission, please contact Reuben McKnight at:


Reuben McKnight

Historic Preservation Office

747 Market Street, Room 345

Tacoma, WA 98402

(253) 591-5220 or landmarks@cityoftacoma.org