Historic Tacoma opens doors to landmark downtown post office building

Historic Tacoma, a non-profit organization that aims to promote, conserve and enhance Tacoma’s architectural character, will host its sixth annual membership meeting and reception on Thurs., Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Old Post Office building, located at 1102 A St., in downtown Tacoma.

The evening event will include an exhibition and sale of architectural photographs by Historic Tacoma member Gerry Sperry, free public tours of the building, membership meeting and reception in the third-floor courtroom, and a presentation entitled “Bringing New Life to Tacoma’s Historic Old Post Office” and presented by architectural historian Chrisanne Beckner and property manager John Hunt.

The event is open to prospective members and guests.

The Tacoma Post Office was built in 1910 and designed by James Knox Taylor, supervising architect for the Treasury Department. Taylor was behind the consistent classical look of many of Washington’s grand, early 20th-century post office buildings.

More information is available online at historictacoma.org.

The historic post office building in downtown Tacoma. (FILE PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)