Ocryx and Joe

Ocryx and Joe in "One Year Later"

Look out- or Old City Hall will be the next parking lot.
posted Sep 29, 2010
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It's been a full year after the demolition of Burnham and Root's 1891 Luzon building. What did we learn from this? Apparently, nothing.

by ixia on 9/29/2010 @ 8:29am
I think we can count on the McMenamins being kinder neighbors than Mr.Putnam.

by NineInchNachos on 9/29/2010 @ 8:39am
Save the clock-tower! Marty!!!!!!!!! 88 mph ! !


by The Jinxmedic on 9/29/2010 @ 11:40am
@NIN: Hmm... ...that's an idea. We even have a "Marty" to work with!

@ixia: I would certainly hope so...

by fredo on 9/29/2010 @ 11:45am
why is the old city hall going to be torn down?

by The Jinxmedic on 9/29/2010 @ 12:12pm
No maintenance. Roof leaks. Declared unihabitable. All office tenants evicted. No money for repairs. On the market with no takers. Sound familiar?

by fredo on 9/29/2010 @ 12:42pm
OK, its time for FT to mobilize a grass roots effort to save OCH!

Here are my top 10 suggestions for the property:

10. McMenamins annex
9. Angie Jossey's annex
8. CLAW world headquarters
7. Mecca Theatre II
6. Tacoma Coffee Shop (it's Amocat spelled backwards)
5. Thorax O'Tooles unique shop: "Decimal Points and Giant Metallic statues R Us."
4. THE JINXMEDIC Pitbull Rehabilitation Center
3. Dorky's II (games from the 1980s)
2. Lauren Walker drop in center for illegal immigrants
1. (drum roll please)
Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park Visitors Center:
Visitors watch a 30 minute video narrated by local apologists Bill Baarsma and RR Anderson. Following the video visitors are encouraged to participate in an actual expulsion exercise where they can choose to dress like fleeing Chinese or like rabid government officials. This will prepare them for their journey to the actual park where their sorrow and anguish can be properly magnified. Kleenex tissues on sale for only 50 per tissue or large economy size for $5.00

by NineInchNachos on 9/29/2010 @ 1:12pm
how about the Northwest Mint buy this building as their new world HQ? another thought: up and GIVE IT to UW Tacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 9/29/2010 @ 1:15pm
MEANWHILE: October issue of City Arts (with the god awful lucky-strike cover design) contains in the pages a new TRUE GRIT comic strip that, and i cannot tell a lie, has a crow.

by Erik on 9/29/2010 @ 1:16pm
Great cartoon.

Because the Old City Hall building is largely vacant, it's survival is threatened.

After the Eagles Building fell down and the Luzon was knocked down, Tacoma is going to have to act preemptively if they are going to save heir historical buildings.

by NineInchNachos on 9/29/2010 @ 1:53pm
I am prepared to climb to the top of the clock tower and live blog the dismantling as well.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/29/2010 @ 1:59pm
Actually, there's room enough inside to house ALL of Fredo's suggestions.

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 9/29/2010 @ 2:10pm
"MEANWHILE: October issue of City Arts (with the god awful lucky-strike cover design) contains in the pages a new TRUE GRIT comic strip that, and i cannot tell a lie, has a crow."

i like how city arts took my photo of the rialto theater mural in-progress and published it in their magazine without my permission or paying me. so classy.

by Dave_L on 9/29/2010 @ 2:43pm
Going off on a tangent a bit here...
Researching Frost Park in the newspaper archives at the Northwest Room last year, I came across a newspaper account from the 70's (let's see if I can remember correctly) of tenants in the OCH parading to the City Council Chambers demanding a parking garage be constructed nearby. I think they silenced the clock's gong in protest. I'll have to dig up that article again.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/29/2010 @ 2:47pm
@ TDI: dude, seriously get a lawyer. No joke. Defend your rights.

@ Fredo: my shop would be entirely metric.

While I am really troubled by OCH being on Eric Anderson's demo-dar (it is decidedly more iconic than the Eagles/Luzon/Elks), at least we're onto it much earlier than with the Luzon.

Forget "remember the alamo". Bah, Texas can secede again for all I care. Let's appropriate it for our own use.
"Remember the Luzon!" needs to be our battle cry.

by NineInchNachos on 9/29/2010 @ 3:45pm
City Arts has lost her moral compass

(send them a bill, forget the lawyer)

by The Jinxmedic on 9/29/2010 @ 3:49pm
Yes, the "Monlux Method". Usually effective on broken compasses.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/30/2010 @ 8:36am
By the way, I would seriously consider leasing a small office in Old City Hall if one was available.

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2010 @ 9:05am
me too!

by Erik on 9/30/2010 @ 11:52am
@Jinx: I think they might be available. Their number is on the side of the building. Give them a call.

by fredo on 9/30/2010 @ 12:03pm
If you want a little office overlooking some impoverishment with a leaky roof, I can probably let you have a little teardrop trailer here at Fredo City cheaper than OCH.

by The Jinxmedic on 9/30/2010 @ 12:09pm
Fredo, I have that already.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 9/30/2010 @ 1:04pm
Money, vision, and a lot more money. That is the prescription for the Old City Hall. Wanting it saved is not enough. Money, vision, and a lot more money.

by NineInchNachos on 9/30/2010 @ 1:19pm

RR Anderson:
Dear Mr. Sullivan is Old City Hall really the next Luzon?

Michael Sean Sullivan:
God I hope not. What I'm hearing is that the Stradford Group that own it are waiting for the market to improve and for the Elks to get under construction before they put it on the market. Grace Pleasants made what she thought was a fair purchase offer to the owners and they didn't reply. About all I know. Probably doesn't hurt to keep on it.

If you keep calling me dear Mr. Sullivan I will associate your fez with a puzzled monkey and begin advocating openly for a push cart music box on the landing at Spanish Steps. It could get embarrassing.

by The Jinxmedic on 11/29/2010 @ 12:37pm
Not half as embarrassing as losing Old City Hall a mere year after losing the Luzon.

by NineInchNachos on 11/29/2010 @ 12:41pm

by The Jinxmedic on 1/5/2012 @ 4:20pm
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock....
Time is running out.