New signage proposed for historic City Hall

The next time you visit City Hall, you might find it easier to navigate your way between floors and meeting rooms.

The City of Tacoma is preparing to replace existing signage in order to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. New signage will show elevator and floor directories, and identify City Council Chambers, conference rooms, departments, stairwells, and rest rooms. Two new seven-foot-tall bronze-and-wood-paneled directories that include 19-inch LCD screens will be installed in the lobbies on Market Street and St. Helens Avenue. The plan also calls for new exterior signage on the Market Street and St. Helens Avenue entrances.

Because the former Tacoma Medical Arts Building, which was constructed between 1929 and 1930, and is located at 747 Market Street, is listed on the local, state, and national historic registers, the designs will be reviewed Weds., May 12 by the City of Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. A staff report prepared for the meeting includes a recommendation to approval the proposal. The commission was originally briefed on the proposal in October.