Point Defiance Streetcar Station

5801 Trolley Lane, Tacoma, Washington


Point Defiance Streetcar Station


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The Point Defiance Streetcar Station was completed in 1914 replacing an earlier rustic streetcar shelter in the same location in T aco ma's Point Def ia nce Park. The station is elig ible for listing under criteria A for its direct connection to the transporta tion network of Tacoma. As Ame rican ci ti es expanded and developed in the later part of the 19th century and early 20th century, streetcar l ine s to popular destina tions helped real estate developers expand farther from the city center and entice residents to move further away. The Streetcar Station's conversion to a Bus Station in 1938 is typical of many cities across the country that eliminated their streetcars for buses as the primary form of public transportation. The rise of personal vehicle ownership and falling public transportation revenue in the1950s led to the bus station' s closure in 1962. The Station is also significant under criteria C as a property that embodies the distinctive characteristics of its type and period of construction. The building ' s Asian- inspired design was suggested by the landscape architecture firm of Hare & Hare who in 1911 developed a Master Plan for Point Defiance Park. Furthermore the design represents the work of Tacoma architect Luther Twichell and is a unique blend of Asian and Arts & Crafts styling. The period of significance begins in the 1914, the date the building was constructed, and ends in 1962, the year bus service was ended to the site.

Update Log 

  • August 12, 2014: Added by Dave King