Kress Building gets historic nod from City

The Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted yesterday to nominate the Kress Building to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places.

The three-story building, located at 934-36 Broadway, was constructed in 1925 and is considered a link to Tacoma’s rich history of downtown commerce. Though rehabilitation is currently underway in one section of the building, the Kress is home to the Children’s Museum.

According to the Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room Web site, the Kress cost $100,000 to build 80 years ago, and was remodeled in 1957.

On Jan. 25, the Landmarks Commission voted to schedule the building for public comment. During yesterday’s meeting, the commission made a motion to forward its nomination to the city council for designation as a historic landmark. The council will vote on the nomination in the near future.