Take a look at this place!
There is a whole lotta scaffolding in this place to access and repair the ceilings, plaster and crown moldings.
The intricate details found here are from another time and place. This will be the premier event space in Tacoma as soon as it opens.
My first thought was that this space could rival the market Showbox in Seattle.
Much of the building is hard to comprehend at the moment. Multiple bars and restaurants are slated to exist here within the next 2 years.
Syringes and human waste are long gone but a robust collection of graffiti remains to remind us of a recent, dark past.
The brothers McMenamin will be revered for taking on this project. In addition to the Elks Lodge, they are also up to the challenge of the Old City Hall Building.
Sitting on a steep hillside, the building spans several stories from Broadway down to Stadium Way.
The city owns the Spanish Steps adjacent to the old Elks Lodge and current plans are incorporating them into the renovation project. There will be a bar/restaurant entrance on the landing area midway down the staircase between Broadway and Stadium Way.
A look inside the walls. There are currently a few areas inside the building where you can see up or down hundreds of feet.
Nothing better than oversized columns to serve as goalposts for future mosh pits.
From what I gather, this entire site has been thoroughly sandblasted. Years in, an unfathomable quantity of restoration work needs to be wrapped up before re-finishing can begin.
The ornamental details in the wood and plaster here will put the California Bank building on Pacific to shame.
As dangerous as this site is now, it was far more dangerous 10 years ago. What the hell was it like in here when graffiti-happy punks and homeless addicts wandered these halls?
How did everyone used to get in here when it was “vacant”? I realize skate punks with spray paint can penetrate anything, but I’d like to know just how easy the access was. Clearly, hundreds of unwanted guests logged time here.
The ceilings are quite a project. If you’ve done much painting or drywall work, you know working on ceilings is always an extra challenge.
I’m envisioning private suites or luxury boxes around the perimeter of this event space. 22-year-olds could be overspending on bottle service at bad pop shows before we know it.