Freighthouse Square

Tacoma is known for being an historical city with many historical structures.  Some of the structures have fallen apart and some manage to stand the test of time and evolve as needed.

The Freighthouse Square is one of many buildings in Tacoma that have stood for a significant amount of time and has been re-Frieghthouse Squarepurposed to adapt to changes in the Tacoma Dome area.  The Freighthouse Square has stood in its current location for well over 100 years.  The Square is 110,000 sq. ft.  This huge building is three blocks long and 5 stories tall.  The original purpose of the Freighthouse Square was as a freight terminus for the Milwaukee Railroad.   The Square (or Rectangle) is filled with local businesses, stores, and restaurants .

It is said that the Freighthouse Square is in the center of Tacoma’s transportation hub.  The Tacoma Link, Amtrak, Greyhound bus, Pierce County Transit, Sound Transit and the Sounder Commuter Express bus will stop in front of the building or nearby.

Rainier RoomThere are seasonal events that take place in the Square’s Rainier Room located at the Art Galleryeast end of the building.  Next to the Rainier Rooms is the Freighthouse Square Art Gallery which holds diverse amounts of art pieces available for viewing.  The majority of the art will be Northwest related pieces.

Things not commonly known about the Frieghthouse Square.

  • Tickets for the Sounder are available within the building.
  • You can park at the Square for free.  If you don’t park there you will likely find yourself paying to park.
  • You can take a ride on the Tacoma Light Link for free.  The Tacoma Link strolls through the museum district, University of Washington Tacoma, the Convention Center, and theaters.  The Light Link carries about 2,000 passengers a day.

A Business that has Stood the Test of Time

IMG_1525If you are a frequent visitor to the Freighthouse Square you are aware that businesses come and go.  New businesses begin at the Square and later move on other locations.  A business that has been around for quite some time is the City Blocks.  The owner Dan Parker designs various projects for companies and special events.  The business also provides a free interactive play zone for children and adults to play with LEGO.    City Blocks holds workshops for children to play and build with Legos.

City Blocks Replica building

Recently Dan has created a replica of the Freighthouse Square building and it looks absolutely amazing.

City Blocks is located in Suite 46 in the Freighthouse Square.  The business number is (253) 632-9407.

The Studio is opened Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The best way to reach Dan is on his Facebook page which you can do by clicking on the Facebook  link.

Restaurants within the Freighthouse Square

In the center area of the Square lies the food vendor area.  Much like a food court in a conventional mall, the Square has various types of restaurant to ensure your craving is met.   Below is a small sample of food vendors in the Freighthouse Square:

Santa Fe Mexican GrillSanta Fe Mexican Grill

The Santa Fe Mexican Grill caters to your Mexican food needs.  The restaurant makes all of the traditional dishes at reasonable prices.  The Santa Fe Mexican Grill also has their own seating area above the main seating area with a television.  Have lunch at the grill. You won’t regret that you did.

Their business hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Sunday from 12 p.m. 5 p.m.  Their address is 430 East 25th Street, Suite #17, Tacoma Washington 98421.

RJ's Burgers in TacomaRJ’s Burgers

Claiming to have the best burgers in town, RJ’s is the burger joint within the Freighthouse Square building.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you won’t miss a meal when eating at RJ’s.  The menu  includes a value menu, salads, Panini’s, a kid’s menu and of course hamburgers.  RJ’s does catering and encourage customers to call ahead if they are in a rush so that their order will be ready when they get there. Let RJ’s show you why they are the best burger spot in Tacoma.

RJ’s is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

RJ’s is located at 430 East 25th Street, Suite #35, Tacoma Washington 98421, in the food vendor area..

Seasonal Delights Cafe in TacomaSeasonal Delights Cafe and Espresso Co.

This lovely cafe is just outside of the food vending area within the Frieghthouse Square.  The cafe has a diverse menu to choose from which includes delicious sandwiches, salads, soups, quiche, bagels, sweet crepes and savory crepes.  They can make your favorite coffee drink and have plenty of sweet treats to compliment your warm beverage.

Follow them on TWITTER @S_Delightscafe for daily discounts.


The aforementioned restuarants are just a few within the Freighthouse Square.  Be sure to visit the Freighthouse Square website for more information.

Below are a few more pictures from the City Blocks LEGO holiday display.

IMG_1536 IMG_1533 IMG_1532 IMG_1523 IMG_1522 IMG_1517 CITY BLOCK LEGO


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