Tacoma's Historic Trio: Council adds buildings to Tacoma Register of Historic Places

At its May 3 meeting, the City Council approved a resolution to add three historic buildings to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. The Lynn Funeral Home (pictured), at 717 Tacoma Avenue South, was built in 1917 and operated continuously as a family business for most of the 20th century. The building is the future home of the Tacoma-Pierce County Family Justice Center for victims of domestic violence. The First Swedish Baptist Church at 1201 South J St. was constructed in 1900 and is an example of the community churches that are important symbols of the social and cultural heritage of the Hilltop area of Tacoma.  The Walter J Thompson Residence at 7 Saint Helens St., was built in 1885 and is one of the few remaining homes from that period in the Saint Helens neighborhood.  All three buildings were recommended for designation by the Landmarks Preservation Commission following a public hearing on March 23, 2005.