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Jan. 13, 2008 at 9:13am

Tacoma Security Building Improvements

Better or worse?

There's plenty of action downtown but it's always nice to see a finished product. The Tacoma Security Building had a bit of a facade makeover done so I thought listing what we like and don't might help guide thoughts on future such developments. Here are a couple photos of the finished product:

The brick is a nice touch and, though I haven't seen it at night, the new lamps hanging over should lend some class to the block. Unfortunately the brick doesn't appear as weathered or randomized as other, mostly older, examples around town. The copper trim is pretty clean and matches the woodwork of the door nicely. Notice in a photo taken a little earlier in construction that they've since pushed the storefronts more toward the sidewalk rather than how sunken and dark they were before. Even though the framing is black it has more life, texture, and far more approachable than before. Overall my only concern is that there's now awning at all. They may not be completely finished and I know they can make things dark but an open frame plexiglas design can keep the light coming while helping passers by stay dry. Also, keeping the cover well above head level shouldn't take away much from how visible the active front of the building is now.

I'd say this was a pretty successful and thoughtful change for the building. Any other thoughts?

comments [9]  |  posted under makeover, remodel, security building, tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 1/13/2008 @ 10:20am
perhaps it will look better when businesses start moving in and we see some interesting signage.

by KevinFreitas on 1/13/2008 @ 11:33am
And maybe they could hire a service to come make the brick look more weathered. Kinda' sticks out especially given the dark tan color of the rest of the building. Seems like those spaces would make fine retail space now that they're more visible and inviting from the road.

by Erik on 1/13/2008 @ 2:58pm
I'd say this was a pretty successful and thoughtful change for the building. Any other thoughts?

A great improvement. Removing the dark glass in front and the spooking hiding places make the building alot better. Removing ashtrays/planters in front was an improvement to. The foreboding green tarp/awning was removed as well. I agree benefit from a higher urban awning that lets in light.

The lobby is now re-done with projected impages of Old Tacoma on white panels.

by Erik on 1/13/2008 @ 2:58pm

by Erik on 1/13/2008 @ 3:00pm
Here's the lobby. As mentioned above, it has some images shown on panels to the right.

by Jake on 1/13/2008 @ 4:14pm
I don't think the new storefronts really match the rest of the building. Looks kind of funny to me. But I guess it works.
Now about places closing... is it the landlord or just normal turnover? I can tell you a main retail tenant just went up for sale.

by KevinFreitas on 1/13/2008 @ 4:40pm
In that building or elsewhere? Dish! Dish!

by NineInchNachos on 1/13/2008 @ 5:27pm
With Tacoma's air pollution record I don't imagine it would take much time to give it that acid-washed distressed look.

by Erik on 1/13/2008 @ 5:39pm
In that building or elsewhere? Dish! Dish!

Yes. That is the lobby of the Provident Building, the former Security Building.


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