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Mourn the Luzon with cardboard costumes and a flashlight Wake

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Sep. 23, 2010 at 6:58 am |
September 20, 2010 12:02 pm


Example of building costumes from the 1931 Beaux Arts Ball, Hotel Astor. Photo courtesy Rick Semple.

Do you miss the Luzon? The historic 1891 Burnham and Root-designed building was demolished at Pacific and South 13th exactly one year ago, and Tacoma’s artists and historians are planning a wake. This Sunday they’ll be at the former Luzon site wearing costumes inspired by other historic Tacoma buildings (saved or razed). There’ll be a parade, cake, and flashlight-spotlit speakers including Sharon Winters from Historic Tacoma and Jennifer Mortensen of the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation.

Winters will speak on at-risk historic Tacoma buildings, while Mortensen will speak on the Luzon itself.

Don’t have a historic-building costume handy? Join organizing artists Jori Adkins and Rick Semple tonight to make one at their 311 Puyallup Ave premises. Bring a picture of your favorite old Tacoma building, plus tools and materials. They’ll supply cardboard from their tenant Tacoma Bike. There’s something very poetically Zen about making a building out of cardboard.

Costume building: 6-9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at 311 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma. RSVP to joriadkins@mac.com

The Luzon Wake will be held 7-9 p.m. Sept. 26. Free. 1302 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.

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