About Us

by | Jun 16, 2017

Historic Tacoma’s mission is to promote, conserve and enhance Tacoma’s architectural character through education, advocacy and preservation.



Mailing address: Historic Tacoma, PO Box 7664, Tacoma, WA 98417

Email: info@historictacoma.org


Annual Reports:

2014 —  2013 — 2012  — 2011 — 2010 — 20092008 — 2007


Meet the Board of Directors

Lynn Di Nino has been a professional artist, sculptor and performance community art organizer for about forty years. She currently serves on the board of First Night, is a member of City Club, and of the June graduating class of the South Sound American Leadership Forum. Lynn’s interests are in the areas of marketing and community outreach exemplified by her leadership of initiatives like the Tacoma Postcard Project. Lynn lives in Old Town and joined the board in September 2013. Lynn is the Events Committee Chairperson.

Don Erickson, President, is a member of and past chair of the Tacoma Planning Commission. He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture in Urban Design, a B. Arch from UC Berkeley, and is a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He’s been involved with historic preservation both in Seattle and Vancouver, BC, having staffed Seattle’s International Special Review District and later Vancouver’s Chinatown Historic District. Don appreciates Tacoma’s rich architectural and historic past and is committed to helping preserve it for future generations. As an urbanist, he supports efforts to revitalize the city’s urban core to draw in new residents and businesses by improving its livability. He also strongly supports sustainability through the re-use of existing buildings. Don lives in the 1914 Ansonia building designed by Frederick Heath and occupies the penthouse once owned by Henry and Pearl Rhodes.

Carol Goforth became a board director in 2016 and presently serves as Secretary. Carol is an experienced and active Real Estate Broker. In addition, Carol is a member of the Tacoma Metroparks – Arts & Heritage – Citizen Advisory Council.

Gary Knudson, Government & Community Relations Chairman, joined the Board in January 2010 and has practiced architecture in the Seattle-Tacoma area since 1969. For the past 20 years, Gary’s professional work has emphasized master planning, design and facilities plans for local churches, non-profits and small businesses. He’s maintained active involvement in conservation, professional, environmental and civic causes through leadership roles in the Mountaineers, AIA, various Tacoma boards and commissions and direct involvement in recent Proctor and Old Town neighborhood projects. Gary lives with his wife, Martha Scoville, in a Craftsman bungalow in Tacoma’s Proctor District. Together, they work as interpretive volunteers at Mt. Rainier National Park and enjoy international travel, long road trips, hiking, sea kayaking and winter sports. Gary’s passion for Tacoma centers on the promulgation and integration of the principles of livable communities in governmental affairs and civic discourse, and increased public involvement in all aspects of neighborhood and civic design and development.

Ben Louis is a business information technology professional with a long history of business management and investment. Ben’s career experience spans industries and institution including Real Estate Brokerage and Education. Ben joined the board in December of 2013 and presently serves as Historic Tacoma’s Executive Director.

Marshall McClintock has been a member and past Chair of the North Slope Historic District neighborhood organization since 2003 and has represented the district on the Landmarks Preservation Commission since 2011. He has been a member of Historic Tacoma since 2007 and of the Tacoma Historical Society since 2002. In 2006 and again in 2009, he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation citation by Tacoma’s Landmark Preservation Commission. He has been involved in numerous civic causes. Marshall lives with his husband, Geoff Corso, in the Henry and Birdella Rhodes House, a 1901 shingle-style house designed Ambrose Russell in the North Slope Historic District. Marshal is the Preservation Committee Chairman.

Eugene Thorne is restoring a 1904 home in the Edison neighborhood in south Tacoma. He retired from the U.S. Post Office in early 2013 and has worked in the building trades, as an operating engineer, tour bus driver narrating historical tours of the Northwest and Canada, and as a docent. Eugene is a longtime member of Historic Tacoma and is most interested in building science and environmental improvements to the way buildings are restored and re-used. Eugene shares our belief that the “greenest building is one that’s already built.”

Karen Tofte is a freelance photojournalist with a portfolio of published works in national and local outlets. She is versed in grant writing and fundraising. Karen shares her subject matter expert in celiac disease and gluten-free diets on her web blog.