Preservation office now offers a guide to the landmarks nomination process


The City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office has announced a new guide to help property owners and historic preservation enthusiasts nominate a building to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places.

The “Nominating a Property to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places” guide provides step-by-step support for residents to understand the criteria that make properties eligible for nomination, where to access historical resources and archives, and the review process conducted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Tacoma City Council.

The guide is being released in preparation for a series of workshops, designed to help property owners research the history of their houses. In partnership with the Tacoma Public Library, these workshops will feature local professional historians and will take place this fall. More details will be released later this summer.

“With this new guide, we hope to make the nomination process even easier and see landmarks recognized in more Tacoma neighborhoods,” said Assistant Historic Preservation Officer Lauren Hoogkamer.

Currently, there are more than 170 landmarks and four historic districts on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. These places are recognized for their architectural, cultural, and historical importance to Tacoma’s history. However, there are other places of significance throughout Tacoma that meet the eligibility criteria but are not yet listed on the register.

The guide can be accessed from the Nominating a Landmark page on the city’s site.

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