“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. Read more »