We were fortunate this evening to attend a performance at Urban Grace Church in downtown Tacoma. While I’ve often admired the Gothic Revival style church, I’d not been previously been inside. This imposing four story building, which is on the historic register, was constructed in 1925 with F.H. Heath acting as the architect. From 1884 to 1923, the site was occupied by the original First Baptist Church. Until 2005 the church had been know as First Baptist Church.
F. H. Heath was also the architect for Stadium High School, Lincoln High School, Pythian Temple (all in Tacoma) and Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier.
To see a photograph of the current building when it was under construction, go to: http://search.tpl.lib.wa.us/buildings/bldgdetails.asp?id=BU-11471&vhash=M&i=3
In the Fall of 2010, Tacoma Arts Commission’s presented the 2010 “Arts Patron” award AMOCAT Art Awards to the Urban Grace Church for their support of the arts in Tacoma. The Arts Commission stated “Urban Grace’s commitment is exemplified in their establishment of the Poet Laureate position for Tacoma in 2008, their partnership with Fab-5 to create a mural for the Rialto Theater in 2010 and in providing ongoing opportunities for exhibition and performance in all artistic disciplines.”
902 Market Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3605
Urban Grace’s website is at http://urbangracetacoma.org/
And a Facebook Page devoted to the building being added to the Tacoma Register of Historic Places is here. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=194822323896