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Historic Homes of Tacoma 2007
Posted by: srp on May 08, 2007 - 09:11 AM

Eight homes and a church of historic importance to Tacoma made up the 2007 annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour. This year several architectual styles of homes were represented, from Queen Anne to Federal, Colonial and Victorian. Some of the more interesting homes on the tour included the Tweeden home, which has a unique interior furnished with hemlock on the walls and ceiling, the Wilson house which supported the 16 childern of the Franics and Lucille Ladenburg family, and the Lord house, which afforded the tour a before, and after look as it was in the same tour last year in the midst of the remodel.

Our own home was on this tour in 1997, just a few days after we had moved in. This year we were docents at the Brix House, (at left) a 1907 Queen Anne style home in the process of being restored to it's original appearance after nearly being condemed.

The Brix house was designed by John J. Evans, a respected Tacoma Architect for Anton and Minna Brix. The nearly 5,000 square foot house has three bay windows on the second floor supported by a wrap-around porch and Colonial style columns. The main floor of the home supports a parlor, as well as a formal living room and dining room and a bathroom converted from part of the porch. The second floor contains five bedrooms and an additional bathroom. Many of the upstairs rooms had sinks in the closets, a hold over from the time of World War II when the Brix house was a boarding house.

Herman Brix , one of Anton and Minna's sons, was an athelete, winning a silver medal for shotput in the 1928 Olympics. Herman went on to play Tarzan in several movies, as well as popular serials such as Perry Mason under the stage name of Bruce Bennett


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