Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings); built works - commercial buildings - stores

Designers: Burnham and Root, Architects (firm); Daniel Hudson Burnham (architect); John Wellborn Root (architect)

Dates: constructed 1891, demolished 2009

6 stories

Tacoma, WA

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The noted Chicago architecture firm, Burnham and Root, designed this 6-story office building in 1891. Efforts to save the Luzon Building failed in 2009 due to the severe shortage of lending capital at the time. A building by a highly significant architecture firm was removed with very little publicity outside the immediate Tacoma area.

This low-rise brick building housed many businesses during its useful life, as a bank, Chinese restaurant and arcade. (See "Tacoma Historic building torn down" Seattle Times, 09/27/2009)

Demolished on 09/26/2009; the developer tried to transfer the building to a preservation group, but the City of Tacoma declared the building a public safety hazard.

PCAD id: 14508