2 Hilltop buildings could be added to Tacoma’s historic register

Tacoma City Council is expected to vote later this month on a resolution that would place two buildings located in the Hilltop neighborhood on the city’s register of historic places.

If approved by city council, the resolution would place the Kellogg-Sicker Building, located at 1114-16 Martin Luther King Jr. Way and the former home of Browne’s Star Grill, and the Pochert Building, located at 1110-12 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. Both the Kellogg-Sicker Building and Pochert Building date back to 1906 and 1904, respectively, and were designed by pioneer Tacoma architect Carl August Darmer. Both properties, which sit vacant today, were purchased by the City of Tacoma in 2005. Historic Tacoma, a non-profit organization that advocates for historic preservation, placed the buildings on its “Watch List” of endangered properties. Historic Tacoma submitted the nomination last year.

During a series of public meetings earlier this year, Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission found the properties eligible for Tacoma’s historic register and recommended city councilmembers formally include the properties on the list.

Tacoma City Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on the resolution during its meeting on Tues., June 25 at 5 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building, First Floor, 747 Market St. A copy of the pending agenda is available online here. Meetings are streamed live online at tvtacoma.com and broadcast live on TV Tacoma.

Historic Tacoma has nominated the Browne's Star Grill (left) and Pochert (right) buildings in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood to Tacoma's Register of Historic Places. (PHOTO COURTESY HISTORIC TACOMA)

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