THE HISTORY OF OUR BUILDING
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.
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 custodial host is included in the fee. Inquiries can be directed to our Facilities Coordinator at email@example.com or (253) 272-2184 x5.
|Wedding & Receptions||Sanctuary (seats up to 850)||Chapel (seats up to 100)|
|4 Hr. Package||$800||$450|
|8 Hr. Package||$1400||$850|
|Includes rehearsal, use of sanctuary, large reception hall, bride & groom’s rooms, sound tech, and event host||Includes rehearsal, use of chapel, small reception hall, bride & groom’s rooms, and event host|
For a complete list of Wedding Packages see our Wedding Package List.
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. Inquiries can be directed to our Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 272-2184 x5.
|Price (first hour/more hours)||Square Footage|
|Large Event Space||$200/$80||4180|
|Small Event Space||$90/$25||900|
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 $1.20/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:Amber Bradford–CounselorArt for Life in the SoundShawn Carkonen–WriterFirst TeeNoel Koran & Svitlana Smaga—Piano RestorationLeadership FoundationsEmily Peterson–musicianPregnancy AidAudrey Sines–CounselorStand for ChildrenStudio Red PlanetTacoma College MinistryTacoma Farmers Market
|Urban Grace partners using our facility regularly for trainings, rehearsals, classes, performances, and meetings:Ballet Arts TacomaEvolution DanceGritty City SirensNarcotics AnonymousRussell Family FoundationTacoma School of the ArtsTacoma Youth SymphonyUcanto|
To inquire about using the Urban Grace facility, please fill out the ONLINE EVENT FORM or contact:
Justan Larson, Facilities Coordinator
(253) 272-2184 x5, email@example.com
Kenny Coble, Administrative Assistant
(253) 272-2184 x3, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Office Space or Other:
Jennifer Dean, Director of Operations
(253) 272-2184 x1, email@example.com