High winds slammed floating logs into the old boathouse at Point Defiance Marina on Saturday but damage to the 1920s structure wasn’t severe, officials said Monday.
Carpenters on Monday began repairs, which were expected to cost $5,000. Boat rentals and fishing piers will not be affected by the work.
Several large logs blown under the pier knocked down walls to the shop and two boat storage lockers, Metro Parks spokesman Michael Thompson said.
The bottom floor, which is concrete, was used for boat storage and repair. The two upper floors, made of wood, held a kitchen, public meeting spaces and open decks.
The boathouse pavilion was constructed in 1923 to accommodate growing crowds visiting Point Defiance Park’s waterfront.
Most Tacomans remember the boathouse as the place where the original aquarium and Dub Dub the seal once were housed, historian Melissa McGinnis said.
In 1963, the aquarium shut down and a new one was built as part of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.
Two top two stories of the boathouse were destroyed in a fire in 1974. The bottom floor still is used for boat storage.