Help shape historic Washington-Hoyt Elementary School remodel

Historic Tacoma is encouraging people interested in the future of historic Washington-Hoyt Elementary School to attend a community meeting next week.

According to an e-mail sent to Historic Tacoma members this week, 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 in July 2013. 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.

A public meeting will be held on Weds., March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s gym/cafeteria. Washington-Hoyt Elementary School is located at 3701 N. 26th Street. For more information, visit

Washington-Hoyt Elementary School. (PHOTO COURTESY HISTORIC TACOMA)