Architecture studio, community meeting for historic Washington Elementary School remodel

Historic Tacoma announced Tuesday Tacoma Public Schools will set up a mobile architecture studio in the basement of Washington Elementary School through May 25 so parents and students can see the progress on the school’s planned renovation, as well as speak with architects and provide feedback. The architects will be on-site daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visitors will need to check in at the main office to receive a pass. Similarly, a community meeting will be held on Weds., May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria to discuss the remodel.

According to Historic Tacoma, the building — a portion of which was designed by Frederick Heath in 1906 and is listed on Tacoma’s Register of Historic Places — is slated to be remodeled next year. A series of community meetings will be held until then to collect public comment on the project. According to Tacoma Public Schools, the project aims to retain and modernize the original historic building and additions, and adapt the building to meet the district’s elementary school program requirements; develop a compact/efficient plan that supports the educational program and provides a safe and secure learning environment; modernize the school to current building code standards, including accessibility codes; and develop a plan that provides clear and efficient arrival points, parking and building entrances for school and community.

The school is located at 3701 N. 26th Street. More information is online at