Architect’s Loft in Tacoma’s North Slope

October 7, 2014
by Anne Jones

There are “unique” properties, and then there are homes that are truly one-of-a-kind. This spacious loft is the latter. Local architect Lynne Martin saw great possibilities in the two-story masonry building, which was originally power substation.

The building’s remodel honored many of the original details (such as the corrugated metal ceilings) while modernizing it’s floorplan and systems, including gas heat, double pane windows, and new plumbing in the baths and kitchen.

In the main living area, walls were moved and opened up to maximize light and improve the flow. Now the kitchen has a huge eating bar that is open to the living room and dining area. The entire room is bathed in natural light, and as a result Martin has some of the most impressive houseplants you’ll ever see.

Martin still does all of her drafting by hand, and works in an office on the main floor. This space could also be used as an artist’s studio or converted into a 3rd bedroom. Across the hall is a 3/4 bath with an updated vanity and tile shower.

Upstairs is the master suite, complete with a walk-in closet and large, tile shower. A guest bedroom and full bath are also located on this level, along with a loft area that is perfect for reading. There is excellent storage located throughout the unit, plus a parking space in the shared garage, and another off-street space.

There are two condominium units in this building, which is located on the edge of the North Slope Historic District. All of the amenities of the Stadium District are easily accessible (many of which are seen in the video tour for the loft).




2706 Square Feet

2 bedrooms + office

2.75 baths

Offered for $399,000


Anne Jones –

Realtor, Windermere Professional Partners

4701 South 19th Street

Tacoma, WA 98405