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Imagine Tacoma – My Favorites (so far)
With a recent call to discuss buildings, urban spaces and vistas in Downtown Tacoma that are a positive contribution to the City, here are a few for consideration:
Old City Hall: Exceptional Building. If only it was not 95% vacant and had a clock and chime that worked (I miss the bells – even when they were 5 minutes late). And in the early morning sunlight – FANTASTIC.
Interior of TAM: This is really an exceptional design for a challenging site. While there may be issues with the coldness of the exterior (especially when combined with the barren plaza across Pacific Avenue), the warmth and spaciousness of the interior is a most welcome respite. Add in the framed views back to the City, and it really ties into the soul of Tacoma. With just a little more exterior TLC – see Prairie TAM Companion – this is a building that could be banging on all cylinders.
View down Court A (between 11th and 12th – looking South): Every time I walk down this alley, I am transported to another City. Where am I? Is it Toronto? Is this Brussels? Is it Totem Court Road in London? (and this past week’s film crew only adding to the illusion). The combination of the historic Post Office (whose alley façade I believe is the superior elevation), the collection of 19th c. buildings along Pacific Avenue, and the end vista of a classic SOM Building of the 1970’s. Takes me away every time – just wish the alley was narrower.
Juxtaposition of Mount Rainier: Doesn’t matter what the building or structure is, when Mount Rainier is in the frame, it makes the view all the better – even the grain elevator on Schuster Parkway.
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