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Lost Tacoma Project Collection
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Lost Tacoma Project Collection

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The "Lost Tacoma" project was originally designed and conceived by archivist Jeanie Fisher. It includes blueprints and technical drawings of both proposed buildings in Tacoma which were never constructed and constructed buildings which are now demolished. This is a partial representation of the Lost Tacoma collection, constituting 116 of the total 560 blueprints across 26 locations. Digitization for this project was supported by a 2016 Pierce County Historic Preservation Grant.

Fireboat for the City of Tacoma

One of 33 technical drawings created by Thomas Mck. Rowlands for the Coastline Shipbuilding Company on November 19, 1928. The design was most likely intended to be housed in the Fireboat Building, Engine Co. No. 16, which would open the following year.

Thomas Mck. Rowlands was a professor of naval architecture at the University of Washington. In addition to education and commission work for the City of Tacoma, Rowlands would charter his yacht Bettybelle for trips around Lake Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.

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