US Post Office--Tacoma Downtown Station--Federal Building

Also known as: Tacoma Post Office, Court House and Custom House; Federal Bui
1102 S. A St., Tacoma, Washington


Old Downtown Tacoma Post Office & Federal Building

View from South

Photo taken by K. A. Erickson in August 2010



Street View 

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 30, 1991
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Other architectural type; Second Renaissance Revival
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Courthouse; Customhouse; Post office
Current functions
Government office; Courthouse; Post office
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year

Update Log 

  • October 9, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • August 2, 2010: New photos from K. A. Erickson



US Post Office--Tacoma Downtown Station--Federal Building
Posted August 2, 2010, by K. A. Erickson

The United States Postal Service has fallen on hard times as volumes of mail drop and costs of doing business rise. They are selling or leasing off their properties to make ends meet and this building is one of them sold to a developer. The developer has "pledged to keep the historic appeal" while "renovating for new office and residence space" or some such thing. When I visited the interior had holes in the walls and piles of debris here and there. The postal clerk when asked when their last day was replied, "Oh we'll be here for some time." We shall see.