2 Hilltop buildings now historic Tacoma landmarks

Tacoma City Council approved a resolution Tuesday that places two buildings located in the Hilltop neighborhood on the city’s register of historic places.

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, 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.

The Kellogg-Sicker Building and the Pochert Building in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood have been nominated to Tacoma's historic register. (PHOTOS COURTESY CAROLINE T. SWOPE / HISTORIC TACOMA)

To read the Tacoma Daily Index‘s complete and comprehensive coverage of the Kellogg‐Sicker Building and Pochert Building landmark nominations, click on the following links: