New roof planned for century-old Tacoma Municipal Barn

A new roof could soon cover the former Tacoma Municipal Barn, a 104-year-old structure also known as the "City Shops...

A new roof could soon cover the former Tacoma Municipal Barn, a 104-year-old structure also known as the “City Shops and Stables Building.”

According to a legal notice published this week in the Tacoma Daily Index, the City of Tacoma is accepting bids on a $430,000 project to install a new roof, overhangs, and gutters for the sprawling, City-owned building that occupies a full city block near the corner of South Holgate Street and South 24th Street. The bid deadline expires at 11 a.m., on Tues., June 3. More information is available online here.

The City Shops and Stables Building, which was designed by a City engineer who also worked on the construction of the Murray Morgan Bridge and the Puyallup River Bridge, is near Tacoma’s Union-Depot / Warehouse Historic District. The building was nominated to Tacoma’s Register of Historic Places earlier this year. Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission reviewed the nomination in March. A public hearing on the nomination was held last month.

The building is one of three City-owned properties within a three-block area currently for sale as part of a Request for Proposals.

Todd Matthews is editor of the Tacoma Daily Index and recipient of an award for Outstanding Achievement in Media from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for his work covering historic preservation in Tacoma and Pierce County. He has earned four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, including first-place honors for his feature article about Seattle’s bike messengerssecond-place honors for his feature article about whistle-blowers in Washington State; third-place honors for his feature article about the University of Washington’s Innocence Project; and third-place honors for his feature interview with Prison Legal News founder Paul Wright. His work has appeared in All About Jazz, City Arts Tacoma, Earshot Jazz, Homeland Security Today, Jazz Steps, Journal of the San Juans, Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace Enterprise, Prison Legal News, Rain Taxi, Real Change, Seattle Business Monthly, Seattle magazine, Tablet, Washington CEO, Washington Law & Politics, and Washington Free Press. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications. His journalism is collected online at

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