The city of Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Committee has announced this year’s Historic Preservation Award recipients.

The winners will be recognized at the annual Historic Preservation Month Reception and Awards, 6–8 p.m. May 24 at Court House Square, 1102 A St., Tacoma.

“Tacoma may be changing rapidly, but what is here today has been built on the bones of history,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards in a statement. “By recognizing leaders in local preservation, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is supporting the retention of our past. This work is important because, even as we plan for the future, it is vital that we also maintain a sense of Tacoma’s story and the people and places that comprise our shared history.”

The award recipients for 2019 are:

  • Excellence in Historic Preservation: McMenamins Elks Temple
  • Career Achievement: Brian Kamens, Tacoma Public Library Northwest Room
  • Residential Renovation: Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity for 417 South M St. and 407 South M. St., Wedge Neighborhood Conservation District
  • Commercial Renovation: Tacoma Arts Live and the Pantages Theater Design Team, including BCRA Design, Korsmo Construction, and EverGreene Architectural Arts for the Pantages Theater
  • Community Engagement/Events: Grit City Magazine
  • Community Engagement/Events: Pretty Gritty Tours
  • Landmark Nomination to be Recognized: White Shield Home, 5210 S. State St.
  • Nomination to be Recognized: College Park National Register Historic District
  • Broadening Perspectives: Puyallup Tribe of Indians for the renaming of the Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge
  • Heritage/Legacy Business: Lincoln Hardware

The ceremony will include a tour of the courtroom where the landmark Boldt decision occurred. The 1974 court decision reaffirmed Native American fishing rights in Washington state. The keynote speaker, Professors Danica Miller, Ph.D., will provide background on the decision.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. More information is available online, or by contacting Assistant Historic Preservation Officer Lauren Hoogkamer at or (253) 591-5254.