Friday, September 18, 2009
Burnham & Root Luzon Building in Tacoma to be Demolished
Less than two years from an announcement of what would be prove an abortive $6 million renovation plan, the now abandoned Luzon Building, designed by Burnham and Root in 1891 for the Pacific National Bank, has been declared a "dangerous building" in danger of collapse and will be demolished later this month. According to biographer Donald Hoffman, the six story building, on a sloping site, is actually of timber construction, as can be seen in this photograph from an engineering report from Swenson Say Faget that documented the structure's current sorry state. The firm's work survives in two buildings in San Francisco, the Mills Building, and the Chronicle Building, recently renovated as part of a new Ritz-Carlton Club Residences.
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