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Sep. 29, 2009 at 5:41pm

Luzon Brick: A new beginning from another beginning's end

Rescued from the rubble.

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls of all ages! Direct your attention to the center ring!

Oh, wait a moment. My apologies, I was unable to shove off my sordid past in the Fun Circus. Please, allow me a proper introduction.

I am the Luzon Brick. Yes, that is I in the photograph below. It is not quite as good as a portrait done by George Elmer Fisher, but I do find the photograph flattering.

I would like to take the time to point out that I am, indeed the genuine article, the real McCoy. A true piece of history, I am one of the thousands of bricks that once made up the towering facade of the Luzon building. I was rescued from certain doom by a passer-by, and for that I am grateful.

I've seen a lot happen in this town during my 12 decades of duty. I remember the wild conversations and all the gossip that happened in the walls I helped form. Oh, the scandals! I remember when J. E. Chilberg's bank failed, leaving it's new skyscraper half finished for half a decade! You should have heard the tongues wag!

But as the years passed, I heard fewer and fewer voices. And one day, they ceased completely. I tell you, it it mighty lonely sitting in the company of other bricks for a generation or two. We seldom have much to say to each other that the rest of us did not already know.

Now that my job no longer exists, I wondered what I would do with my time. I managed to keep my charge through the Panic of 1893, the Great Depression, through two world wars, through a red scare and through the recessions of the nineteen-seventies and nineteen-eighties. Now I find myself at a severe disadvantage in the workforce. What opportunities are there for a 120 year-old? Not many, I'm afraid.

I discussed this employment issue with the person who saved me, and they suggested I use all your new-fangled computer technology and my own experience to bring awareness to all the other dillapidated buildings left in Tacoma. I thought that was jim-dandy idea, and I'll be devoting my free time to help keep more history from being lost to the wrecking ball. And of course, to help keep thousands of good, honest hard-working bricks like myself meaningfully employed.

comments [13]  |  posted under brick, Luzon


by L.S.Erhardt on 9/29/2009 @ 6:50pm
Laid off after 119 years without a missed day. Ouch!
The economy really is sucking these days... now I know why Uncle Sam doesn't keep an "official" tally of unemployed bricks. It'd be a terribly high number!

Hey, while on your mission to save, are you going to cover the Murray Morgan (11th street) bridge? It's probably next on Eric Anderson's hit list.

by NineInchNachos on 9/29/2009 @ 7:31pm
Mr. Brick,
Come to frost park and I'll give you a face!

by Erik on 9/29/2009 @ 10:54pm
One never knows what the Creative Class in Tacoma will come up with!

by Dave_L on 9/30/2009 @ 12:26am
Luzon Brick, if only I could make it to the chalk-off, I might use you in a political cartoon about historic preservation blunders, based on an old cartoon character...

Good to have you as a contributing writer. Someone whose dreams of the future go beyond the tip of their nose, and appreciation of history farther back than their own derriere.

by L.S.Erhardt on 9/30/2009 @ 1:28am
Ha! Nice old timey strip.

Hey Brick... can you use your influence and/or pointy corners to "persuade" the city council to just approve the damn hotel on the Foss?

by The Jinxmedic on 9/30/2009 @ 8:01am
Mr. Brick- I have a new home for you and your friends. If you come to my place - I'll incorporate you into a nice peaceful driveway where you can support the CLAWmobile.

by Dave_L on 9/30/2009 @ 10:52pm
I bet LuzonBrick could kick TacomaGnome's ceramic ass.

by The Jinxmedic on 10/1/2009 @ 8:05am
well, yeah.

by L.S.Erhardt on 10/1/2009 @ 9:11pm
TacomaGnome=ceramic, Luzon Brick = Terra Cotta.

Kinda like comparing an Homo neanderthalensis to H. sapiens... sure, the differences are obvious, but they pretty much are the exact same thing.

by NineInchNachos on 10/1/2009 @ 9:35pm
actually i've met the Tacoma Gnome. He is made from aircraft grade plastics. He will outlast us all, probably swirling in the giant garbage flotilla island in the pacific.

by LuzonBrick on 10/1/2009 @ 9:57pm
I'm certainly flattered that I'm considered "stronger" or whatnot than an ornamental garden gnome. Or perhaps it is an insult. The way people chin these days, oftentimes it's difficult to tell.

But it is sad that we bricks have such a reputation for being gun molls.
The truth is, nearly all bricks are quiet, hard workers. It is only the few rotten apples that manage to find themselves being hurled by vandals through glass window panes.

by The Jinxmedic on 10/9/2009 @ 12:29pm
I wasn't kidding about wanting the bricks....

by LuzonBrick on 10/9/2009 @ 8:40pm
There are a pallet of my friends stacked neatly along the wall, near the north end of that parking lot. While the acquisition of said bricks may or may not be legal, you now know where the remaining ones are. How you proceed is at your own discretion.

I suspect they will not be on site much longer.


I'm a now unemployed Brick. My old job at the Luzon was unexpectedly ended, and I find myself a 120 year-old looking for work is a very bad economy.
So, I've decided to devote my time to bringing awareness to other dilapidating structures, in hope that they too don't get razed and left as yet more parking.

As one of the Oldest Citizens of Tacoma and as a piece of history itself, I say it is high time we worked harder to save our history.

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