Posted by: wadahp | October 12, 2009


Tacoma’s Historic Sacred Places: Free Open House & Tours 15 buildings dating from 1873 to 1968 open to the public October 25th, 1-5pm

At 1pm on Sunday, October 25th, church bells will toll across the city, opening fifteen historic churches and synagogues for tours and programs. This free event, sponsored by Historic Tacoma, celebrates Tacoma’s diverse collection of religious architecture, as well as the contributions each congregation has made to the development and vitality of the City. Participants will enjoy building tours, exhibits and music ranging from organ to traditional Slovak to gospel, while viewing soaring architectural spaces, stunning stained glass and hand-carved detailing.

This event comes after completion of a comprehensive citywide inventory of pre-1965 religious structures funded by a federal grant obtained by the City of Tacoma. Over 170 buildings, representing a range of architectural styles, were identified in the survey. Documentation for these buildings has been filed with the State and the City. Detailed research was conducted on the most culturally and architecturally significant structures, laying the groundwork for future preservation efforts.

Highlights of this inventory project are being published in print and web-based formats. The print publication will be available for purchase at the October 25th event and available in pdf format on Historic Tacoma’s website ( in late October. The open house event and publications are made possible through a grant from the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Washington.

Pick-up a tour guide & map at one of three locations: St. Luke’s Memorial Episcopal Church, 3615 N. Gove (bus routes 11 & 51) Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 901 N. J Street (bus route 11) Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 434 S. 30th (bus route 3) Other participating congregations include: Center for Spiritual Living, Christ Episcopal; Church of St. Patrick; First Church of Christ, Scientist; Northwest Baptist Seminary; Old St. Peter’s; Peace Lutheran; St. Joseph’s Catholic Church; St. Paul Lutheran; St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church; Temple Beth El; and Urban Grace.

Holy Rosary Parish, Tacoma

Holy Rosary Parish, Tacoma






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