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Heidelberg brewery complex slated for demolition

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Jan. 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm with 3 Comments »
January 12, 2011 8:16 pm

Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided tonight that the Heidelberg brewery complex at 2120 S. C St. did not contribute to the Union Station historic district, which clears the way for its demolition.

Building co-owner Tony Trunk said demolition is the only way to resolve a dangerous building complaint filed by the City of Tacoma.

Trunk’s lawyer, Gary Branfeld, said the permitting process will begin and he expects the buildings will be down by this summer.

Branfeld also told the commission that the location of the Student Prince, an icon of the brewery, is unknown at this time. The other icon remaining from the brewery’s heydey, the water tower, is leaning and in danger of falling.

“It’s tragic that there’s nothing there to save, but there really is nothing there to save,” Branfeld said.

Trunk said yesterday that rehabilitating the building would cost millions that he and his co-owner, Lester Collons, don’t have. Demolition will cost about $600,000 according to documents filed with the city. How will they pay for that?

“Very painfully,” Trunk said tonight. He and Collons will split the cost.

Read more in Friday’s News Tribune.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Oh, no you can’t tear these buildings down!
    They are historic buildings of the Vietnam war…

    “…Carling Black Label was made available to our troops in Vietnam. Below are a couple of pics of troops with their favorite brew at rotation party , May 1967, Tay Ninh Province,Republic of Vietnam War Zone C – 228th Supply and Service Company (Direct Support) – US Army. Thanks to Arthur Neighbor for sharing the pics…”

    A nice cool Carling Black Label reminded me of home. Of course I never really knew where they were from, but I was always sure my beer was from Tacoma.

  2. decomposing1 says:

    That was a great interesting read. Thanks for the link. Now I wanna try some Carling BL.

  3. dbreneman says:

    Black Label hasn’t been made in this country for years. (Although there was a cheap knockoff by that name around for a while in the 80s). You’ll have to go to Canada or Britain.

    Losing this brewery truly is sad. I remember attending their 75th anniversary open house. And it really was an open house. You got to walk around through the brewery on a self-guided tour, with employees to explain every step of the process. The warehouse on the south side was converted into a big indoor beer garden with beer and food and live music. I wish I’d taken pictures. I guess I just assumed I’d be going back for the 100th anniversary. First the Silver Springs brewery, now the Heidelberg brewery. Hardy a “brewery district” anymore, is it?

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