THE HISTORY OF OUR BUILDING

June 3, 1925

First Baptist Church incorporated with ten members on March 28, 1883. The Tacoma Land Company donated the original two lots to the congregation. A year later, on March 16, 1884, the first building was dedicated on the current site. The young congregation grew quickly, and by 1891 made plans for a greatly enlarged church. Construction on the “new” building began in 1892.

By 1921, First Baptist had again outgrown their building. The congregation started a capital fundraising campaign for a newer, larger home. The architectural firm of Heath, Gove, and Bell was contracted to design the structure. While original newspaper images show a large, ornate Greek Revival building, the finalized design was a subdued Gothic Revival styled structure. The original edifice was designed with glazed terracotta facing, a more inexpensive building material than the cut stone typically used for Gothic Revival structures. However, early in the construction process, Robert Walker, owner of the Walker Cut Stone Company, made arrangements for the purchase of cut stone below market rates.

The current structure has an auditorium which seats 850 and a banquet hall with a stage. The building was never intended to serve only as a religious space; it was designed to accommodate a variety of activities to better serve the community from the very beginning.

Chapel Wedding

Urban Grace offers a unique location within the downtown Tacoma community and a historic building built in 1925. We hope we will be able to meet your needs and provide a wonderful start to your marriage.

We have many options to choose from depending on the size and needs of your wedding. Our sanctuary can seat up to 850 (including balcony) or 450 on just the lower level. It features comfortable theatre seats and early 20th century architecture including a unique lattice-designed domed ceiling. Our smaller Chapel can seat up to 100 and offers a more traditional style with stained glass and mahogany accents. Our large reception hall is over 4000 square feet seating up to 200. Our small reception hall is just over 1000 square feet and works great for a smaller group of up to 60 people. We have ample space for bride and grooms rooms as well as additional space for family and the rest of the wedding party.

Usage fees depend on the spaces you use as well as the amount of time you will need for your ceremony and/or reception. Below are some price ranges for our packages. An on-site custodian/host is included in the fee. You may decide to hire a wedding coordinator and a sound technician to run sound for your ceremony and/or reception. Please fill out the  ONLINE EVENT FORM to inquire about exact pricing and availability. Additional inquires can be directed to our Events and Facilities Director at facilities@urbangracetacoma.org or (253) 272-2184 x105.

  • Sanctuary Ceremony: $350 for the first hour + $100 for every additional hour
  • Chapel Ceremony: $200 for the first hour + $60 for every additional hour
  • Large Reception Hall: $200 for the first hour + $80 for every additional hour
  • Small Reception Hall: $90 for the first hour + $12 for every additional hour

Chapel

Sanctuary from balcony

Large Reception Hall

Smaller

Sanctuary from Floor

EVENTS:

Urban Grace offers a unique location within the downtown Tacoma community and a historic building built in 1925. We hope we will be able to meet your needs and provide a wonderful location for your event.

We have many spaces to choose from depending on the size and needs of your event. Our auditorium can seat up to 850 (including balcony) or 450 on just the lower level. It features comfortable theatre seats, a basic sound system and a projector/screen for presentations, all surrounded by early 20th century architecture including a lattice-design domed ceiling.

Our large event hall is over 4000 square feet of versatile space for chairs, tables or whatever you need (seating for approximately 200 with tables & chairs). This room can be packaged with the adjoining full-size industrial kitchen.

Other rentable spaces include:

  • 1000 Square foot Event Room (60-70 people) with and adjoining kitchen
  • 1000 Square foot Event Room (60-70 people) with a small stage and projector/screen
  • Cozy Conference Room (8-12 people)

All of our spaces are priced based on size, amount of time reserved and facilities staff to facilitate your event. Discounts are given for registered non-profit organizations. Below are some sample prices for various sized rooms. Please fill out the ONLINE EVENT FORM to inquire about exact pricing and availability. Additional inquires can be directed to our Events & Facilities Director at facilities@urbangracetacoma.org or (253) 272-2184 x105.

Price Square Footage
Auditorium First hour/Additional hours $300/$90 15,000+
Large Event Space First hour/Additional hours $200/$80 4180
Conference Room First hour/Additional hours $15/$5 256
Small Event Space First hour/Additional hours $90/$12 900

Auditorium

Conference Room

Small Event Space

Large Event Space

Urban Grace also rents office space to organizations that fall into these categories: The Arts, Education, Worship and Service. We currently have several small to large spaces available at the price of $1.15/square foot. Your monthly rental also comes with use of our smaller meeting rooms, access to kitchen and common spaces and discounts on large spaces for events. Please contact the facility manager for more information or to look at our available space.

Urban Grace partners renting space for offices, studios and storage:

Lisa Monet-Photographer

NLF’s ProTeen

Noel Koran & Svitlana Smaga—Piano Restoration

Pregnancy Aid

Stand for Children

Studio Red Planet

Tacoma College Ministry

Tacoma Farmers Market

Tacoma Opera

Wisdom of the Elders

Urban Grace partners using our facility regularly for trainings, rehearsals, classes, performances, and meetings:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Ballet Arts Tacoma

Dana Raike Dance

Evolution Dance

MLKBallet

Narcotics Anonymous

Russell Family Foundation

T-Town Swing

Tacoma School of the Arts

Tacoma Youth Symphony

Ucanto

To inquire about using the Urban Grace facility, please fill out the ONLINE EVENT FORM or contact:

Adam Ydstie
facilities@urbangracetacoma.org

(253) 272-2184 x 105