Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Liddle, Alan, Architect (firm); Alan Curtis Liddle (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

2 stories

704 Court A
Downtown, Tacoma, WA 98402

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Building History

At Bodega Court, Tacoma architect Alan C. Liddle (1922-2009) reused an existing garage and renovated it into a two-floor office building. An article in the 1990 book, New Construction for Older Buildings, said of Liddle's project: "In the Old City Hall Historic District of Tacoma, Washington, an abandoned and derelict former garage-like structure has been reworked to become a constributing part of the historic district. The small-scale structure was flanked by taller late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings. the front facadea of the building faced onto a principal throroughfare, but had been completely obliterated during the various uses of the building. There was no documentation of its original appearance. A new facade, which recalls the brick facade on the alley side of the building, was designed in harmony with the historic district and the surrounding buildings. An outdoor courtyard was created in the center of the building to provide both air and light to offices on the interior of the 125-foot-long building, as well as a stairway for egress to office space on the second floor. The building is currently being used by a private organization tht provides alternative schooling to high school dropouts." (See Peter H. Semallie and Peter H. Smith, New Construction for Older Buildings, [New York: Wiley-Interscience Publication, 1990], pp. 182-183.)

PCAD id: 24258