Landmarks Preservation Commission announces 2008 Preservation Award winners

In honor of historic preservation in Tacoma, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has released its list of 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation Award recipients. This year’s list recognizes the preservation efforts of Tacoma’s exceptional residential restorations, grassroots efforts and stewards of historic properties.

The 2008 Preservation Awards will be presented at the City Council meeting on Oct. 28. The award recipients include:

— David & Josephine Root (502 N. I St.): This 1905 Shingle-style home is an architecturally distinct home in the North Slope Historic District, which has undergone a spectacular rehabilitation. The house stood vacant for a number of years prior to the 2007 renovation, which demonstrates great determination and commitment by the owners, David and Josephine Root.

— Todd & Paula Bond (407 N. E St.): The Osgood-Anderson residence is an outstanding example of a Shingle-style residence built by early Tacoma industrial tycoons. The residence, constructed in 1893 and remodeled in 1903, is located in the Stadium-Seminary National Register Historic District.

— Dr. Caroline T. Swope & David Waring (2902 N. Cedar): The Lord Residence, which was designed and constructed in 1906 by notable builder Sherman L. Blair, has been extensively rehabilitated. The house is a variation on the four-square form with Colonial Revival ornamentation. In 2007, it was designated a landmark on the Tacoma, Washington and National Registers of Historic Places.

— Metro Parks: This award is for the stewardship of two important public historic assets, Point Defiance Park and Wright Park; both parks are accessible and enjoyable to all of Tacoma’s citizens.

— Chinese Reconciliation Park: The Chinese Reconciliation Park supporters are recognized for their dedicated persistence in initiating and building a Chinese Commemorative park and international pavilion to educate the community and memorialize this part of Tacoma history. Their primary goal is to promote peace and harmony in our multicultural community.

— Historic Tacoma & Save Our Bridge organizations: The Murray Morgan Bridge is listed on the Tacoma and National Registers of Historic Places, and the Washington State Heritage Register. It was listed as one of 2008’s Most Endangered Historic Properties in the state.