Tonight we went to see an amazing dance performance at Stewart Middle School. Tacoma City Council voted Dec. 7 to approve a resolution placing Stewart Middle School (5010 Pacific Ave.) which was built in 1925 on the local register of historic places. Five other schools were placed on the register at the same time.
The school opened as James P. Stewart Intermediate School in honor of Tacoma’s first school teacher who served from 1869 to 1870. He was also the first mayor of Puyallup. Two other Washington State schools are also named after him. Roland Borhek was the school’s architect. He also designed the Rialto Theater in Tacoma. To see a photo of the school from 1926, go here http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/buildings/bldg1image.asp?j=4&o=4&n=22468&i=3762#text
According to the historic nomination form the building was constructed in the Neo-Classical Beaux Art style.