Roof replacement project under way for historic Tacoma Municipal Barn

Work is under way to upgrade a downtown Tacoma building that was recently designated as a local historic landmark.

Work is under way to upgrade a downtown Tacoma building that was recently designated as a local historic landmark.

The 104-year-old former Tacoma Municipal Barn occupies a full city block near the corner of South Holgate Street and South 24th Street. In May, the City of Tacoma began to accept bids on a project to install a new roof, overhangs, and gutters on the City-owned building. Three contractors submitted bids before the deadline expired in June. In July, Tacoma City Council awarded a $516,000 contract to Lakewood, Wash.-based Stetz Construction to complete the project.

The former Tacoma Municipal Barn was built in 1910 at a cost of approximately $30,000, according to a landmark nomination prepared by Caroline T. Swope, a preservation consultant at Kingstree Studios, on behalf of Historic Tacoma.

Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission initially reviewed the nomination in March, and held a public hearing on the nomination in April. Tacoma City Council added the building to Tacoma’s Register of Historic Places in July. The building is also listed on the Washington State Heritage Barn Register.

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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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