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Tacoma’s School of the Arts

9466911043_151f2c24a6_c(1)So it seemed appropriate on my dear daughter’s last full day with us for a while to go visit her old school to pick up her most excellent high school transcripts. School of the Arts (SOTA) has both administrative space and classrooms in the old Post Office.



Downtown Tacoma’s Post Office

Today dear husband and I toured The historical post office at 1102 A Street, Tacoma. The tour was sponsored by Historic Tacoma http://www.historictacoma.org/ The property is a glorious three story plus basement building that was constructed as a federal building in 1910.The architect was James Knox Taylor. In 1992, the 2nd and 3rd floor courthouse space was vacated in 1992 when the courts moved to their current Union Station location. The tour included a jail cell, courtrooms, the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) space, several large wall safes and a vacant postal area. We got to hear the vision for the property including commercial;retail space, perhaps a restaurant. The 72,000-square-foot building is listed on the city, state and national registers of historic places.

Science and Art Institute (SAMI)

SAMI is a Tacoma Public School located in the lovely Point Defiance Park. The facility itself isn’t much to speak off, though there are some nice artistic touches. SAMI’s website says “The Science and Math Institute creates an inclusive high school learning community that provides integrated, inquiry-based experiences utilizing our natural and community resources, combining science, mathematics, and the arts.

The Science and Math Institute opens in the fall of 2009 as Tacoma School District’s newest public high school for students beginning their ninth grade year. SAMI will grow into a full four year high school with the 2009-2010 freshmen class.”


Amazing Americano at Metro Coffee

I had heard good things about Metro Coffee, so I stopped in this evening when I had an meeting on the University of Washington, Tacoma campus. It has a small space in one of the historic brick building and an approprately funky coffee shop feel, but mostly I’m impressed with the coffee. It was very, very good. And the service was great too!

1901 Jefferson Ave # B
Tacoma, WA 98402-1611
(253) 627-8152


Here is a fun review of Tacoma coffee shops based on the foam of their tall cappuccino. 


School of the Arts (SOTA)

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This evening found us at the School of the Arts. In actuality SOTA is in several building in downtown Tacoma and the students get around via public transit.


SOTA info on Wikipedia is located at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tacoma_School_of_the_Arts

University of Washington Tacoma

Originally uploaded by Gexydaf

Happy Monday 9/13/10! Today I pulled into the University of Washington Tacoma, which is in Tacoma’s historic warehouse district. It’s an older photo, but today’s check in and new place of the day.

This link provides a great deal of information about the historic buildings in this district that houses the University of Washington, Tacoma’s School of the Arts, private businesses, a courthouse and museums (art, history, glass).

Click to access walking_tour.pdf

Information about UWT is here http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/