The iconic lighthouse of Browns Point in the Northeast Tacoma neighborhood has a long history that begins back in 1887. At first, all that marked Browns Point was a post-lantern illuminating the tideflats along Commencement Bay. In 1903, a wooden lighthouse was built, and then in 1933 an Art Decor lighthouse—a rare style and design for a lighthouse—was constructed.
Over the years, the Art Deco lighthouse weathered and underwent different cosmetic changes. And after decades of falling into disrepair, the lighthouse had certainly seen better times.
The Points Northeast Historical Society has been working and fundraising to restore the lighthouse to its former Art Deco glory, and finally, it’s time to celebrate all of the hard work that has gone into restoring the Browns Point Lighthouse.
“The 88-year-old structure is still a working navigational beacon owned and operated by the US Coast Guard,” shares Carolyn. “Browns Point Lighthouse Park is an important community asset for NE Tacoma.”
On Sunday, October 17, 2021 from 2-4pm, visit Browns Point Lighthouse Park for the Rededication. This free event will feature sea shanty singers, a marching band, free treats and other free goodies, photo ops, a ribbon cutting, a peek inside the lighthouse, and more.