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Miss the Luzon? Revisit the landmark building at the Luzon Memorial Show this week

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 15, 2009 at 11:48 am |
December 15, 2009 11:48 am

6a00e39331754e88340120a5fdc791970c-800wi“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” 

Daniel Burnham? Perhaps. It’s certainly attributed to that famous architect who, with partner John Root, built one of the world’s first skyscrapers (Chicago’s Masonic Temple Building) and who developed the Chicago School of classical revival. Burnham and Root’s last remaining Tacoma building – the Luzon, at South 13th and Pacific –  was no little plan, one of the first buildings whose light steel frame allowed much greater height than masonry alone.

Equally big was the City’s plan to tear it down last September, protested hotly right up until demolition.

At the Luzon Memorial Show this week you can join with local artists to mourn the graceful, decrepit structure. Mr. Punam does TacomaHosted by Rick Semple and Jori Adkins at their house/gallery on Puyallup Avenue, the Luzon Show features 18 artists, including Claudia Riedener’s gingerbread-style Luzon and Lynn Di Nino’s concrete Luzon teetering on preservationist Michael Sullivan’s feet. Other artists are Sullivan himself, Semple and Adkins, R.R. Anderson, Kimberly Bardwil, Mindy Barker, John Carlton, Josh Everson, Eric Fisher, Dan Hill, James Hume, Stephen M King, Dorothy McCuistion, Di Morgan-Graves, Jennevieve Schlemmer, M.A. Shaudis, Jessica Spring, Sharon Styer and Chandler O’Leary.

Says Riedener: “There’s a huge variety, from cartoons to facemasks to sculptures to acrylics. We’re dealing with loss, and celebrating what was.”

Proceeds from sales will benefit Historic Tacoma, who have an informative page on the Luzon here.

The Luzon Memorial Show is open 5-9 p.m. Dec. 17 and noon-5 p.m. Dec. 20th and then by appointment through Jan. 10  at the Logical Diagram Gallery, 301 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma. Information: Claudia Riedener, 253-274-0655, ixia@harbornet.com

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