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Stadium High project wins city award

The City of Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has presented an award for the renovation of historic Stadium High School.

The Tacoma School District, which is nearing completion of the century-old school’s renovation, was among several winners of the commission’s “2006 Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation Award.”

The commission said the School District demonstrated its commitment to historic facilities by undertaking the “challenging” $105.5 million renovation of the main Stadium building, which the commission described as one of Tacoma’s most important architectural landmarks.

Other award winners:

 • Michael Sullivan, for career achievement and dedication to preservation in Tacoma. Principal of the consulting firm Artifacts and a former historic preservation officer for the City of Tacoma, Sullivan has guided some of the city’s “most spectacular” preservation projects, the commission wrote.

 • The Gary Milgard Family Foundation and BOE Architects, for the addition to the Teamsters/Chauffers Hall at 1701 Commerce St. The renovation provides an “excellent example” of using design guidelines to upgrade a building for contemporary use, while preserving the historic district’s character.

 • Geoff Corso and Marshall McClintock, for rehabilitating their historic Rhodes House.

 • Emery Chang, for his work to save the First Swedish Baptist Church at 1201 S. J St. The church was on the brink of demolition before Chang bought the building and began its renovation.

Debby Abe: 253-597-8694