539 Broadway Tacoma WA 98402 253-627-4065
Construction date: 1889-90
Architects: Whidden & Lewis
The two and one half story wood frame Colonial Revival building features a hip roof with gable dormers and pilasters flanking two story round bays at
both ends of the front facade. The Ionic capital motif of the pilasters is repeated on smaller pilasters between the windows on the second
story. The flat roof porch extends to the edges of the bay and is supported by pairs of Ionic columns. The single flat roof on the side is an alteration.
The Union Club was founded in 1888 by twenty-seven of Tacoma's founding fathers. The club was designed to entertain visiting dignitaries as well as to have a place for special social celebrations for Tacoma's elite. One of the many dignitaries entertained here was William Taft. The Clubhouse was built two years later. In 1939, the Union Club and the University Club merged because of lagging memberships with both organizations. The property was sold to club member David Smith in 1985 who opened the Palm Room, later named David’s on Broadway. The neighborhood constitutes the early government, finance and business center of the original Tacoma town site, and the buildings are representative of activity in this area between the early 1800s and 1920s.
Message from Jimmy Camandona
I have been lucky to have been able to be a part of the Mansion on Broadway for the last twenty years. For the first ten years I would hang out and help Dave Smith the owner with his events while building my own event company nearby at The Fabulous Fifties Hall.
In 2003 Dave suffered a massive stroke that rendered him unable to talk, don’t worry he is still sharp as a tack and misses very little. I stepped in to help operate The Mansion on Broadway for the Smith Family over the last twelve years.
Our mission is to provide a unique historical venue at a price you can afford. As you can imagine keeping a forty thousand square foot, one hundred and twenty five year old building close to the salt water looking presentable is a challenging task and we can always do better. We are constantly painting inside and out and doing other things to make your event better. We will make you a sceaming great deal and make your event look great
We are offering Tacoma character here and are not trying to be anything else.
Jimmy Camandona Chef / President