Landmarks Preservation Commission to consider three nominations

The Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission will take public comment on three nominations to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places on Dec. 14.

The public meeting will take place at 5 p.m. in the north annex of the Municipal Building, at 733 Market St., Room 16. If approved, the nominations, which include 820 N. Stadium Way, 701 N. J St., and 2721-2803 N. Starr St., will be forwarded to the City Council for final approval.

The Starr Street houses, built in 1904, are nominated for their association with the Croatian-American community and the development history of Old Town. The home at 701 N. J St., known as the Rhodes Mansion, is within the boundaries of the North Slope Historic District. The home is nominated for its association with Henry Rhodes, and as an outstanding example of Tacoma’s early 20th century residential architecture.

The Lavroff home at 820 N. Stadium Way, built in 1925, is another example of Tacoma’s fine residential architecture. Designed by prominent Tacoma architects Hill, Mock and Griffin, the home was originally constructed for Tacoma businessman Samuel Lavroff and is prominently sited at the intersection of North Stadium Way and Borough Road.

Exterior changes to properties listed on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places are subject to the approval of the Landmarks Commission. In addition, properties listed may be eligible for property tax incentives. There are currently more than 1,000 properties listed on the Tacoma Register individually and within historic districts.