SPECIALIZED TOURS

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Tacoma’s Historic Sacred Places
A comprehensive inventory of historic sacred places was conducted by the City in 2009, identifying over 170 religious structures.  This Historic Tacoma publication highlights 30 of the most architecturally significant buildings, prominent architectural styles, and architects and was funded by a grant from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Washington.  To visit 15 of the churches and a synagogue, featured on an October 2009 tour and open house, click here to view the Tour Guide & Map.   For exterior and interior views of Old St. Peter’s, Tacoma’s oldest surviving religious structure, built in 1873, see photographer Mike Martin’s virtual tour.

 

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Tacoma’s Historic Schools
A comprehensive inventory of Tacoma’s pre-1965 historic schools was conducted Caroline Swope, Kingstree Studios, under contract to Tacoma Public Schools in late 2009.  This Historic Tacoma publication highlights 12 significant structures, prominent architectural styles used in school construction, and two architects who designed a number of Tacoma schools.  The publication was funded by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Washington.
Flip through the Tacoma Historical Society’s collection of vintage postcards of Tacoma schools.

 

Tacoma Sweets: A Confectionary History
Tacoma had several soft drink, candy, ice cream, and doughnut companies at the turn of the century.  The Puget Sound area was a particular favorite of sweet makers in the days before climate-controlled interiors, due to moderate winters and cool summers.  Another advantage was proximity to the Port of Tacoma for supplies of sugar, spices, fruits and cocoa beans necessary for the industries.  This tour features the still-surviving Brown & Haley and Johnson Candy companies, as well as Hoyt Doughnut, House of Doughnuts, Whistle Brewing Company and more.



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