As a commissioner on the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission, I’m involved in organizing activities around the city during Historic Preservation Month. These activities are a great way to engage and educate community members about Tacoma’s rich architectural and cultural heritage.
This year, the City plans to highlight stories and places that have shaped Tacoma into the ‘Gritty City of Destiny’. Though Tacoma was first incorporated almost 150 years ago, the city still contains a lot of cultural and historic structures, including more than 1,300 properties listed on the city, state, or national registers of historic places. Some of these structures are listed individually. Others are contributing structures within one of six historic districts.
The city recognizes that historic preservation can instill civic pride and attract investment through the rehabilitation of historic buildings, contributing to the ongoing revitalization of the city core and surrounding neighborhoods. Historic preservation is also in alignment with Tacoma’s commitment to sustainability through local sourcing, waste reduction and adaptive re-use.
Celebratory activities planned throughout the month of May include neighborhood tours, a weekly series of mystery nights and lots of fun events for kids. For a full list of activities, visit the dedicated website at http://www.hpmonthtacoma.com.
Jeff Williams is a top-producing Realtor with Windermere Chambers Bay, specializing in residential real estate in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place and Lakewood.
Jeff Williams: (253) 303-1135