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Feb. 3, 2009 at 4:25pm

A Better Bowes Building

I wrote a short article for today's edition of the Index regarding planned changes for the 1907 Bowes Building near the corner of South 9th and A Streets downtown.

On deck for the old Beaux Arts building? A striped canopy at the 9th Street entrance and a small European-style lobby with quality finishes and an upgraded elevator cab. Architect David Boe is working on the project, which received a preliminary review last month by the City of Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The design review application notes the building is the work of Tacoma architect Frederick Heath and was added to the city's historic register in 1979. It's also listed on the state and national registers.

The article is online here.

I shot this photograph of the building yesterday afternoon . . .


( Photo by Todd Matthews )

This image is included in the design review application . . .


( Image by Boe Architects / via City of Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission )

comments [10]  |  posted under Bowes Building, Downtown, Historic Preservation

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by morgan on 2/4/2009 @ 1:36am
C'mon Todd- don't hide! Put in the T-town tag!

by fredo on 2/4/2009 @ 12:21pm
The only difference I see is an awning.

by Dave_L on 2/4/2009 @ 12:33pm
"In general, exterior work on City Landmarks that is visible requires design review." www.tacomaculture.org/historic/about.asp

I believe the awning is the part subject to review, as are inappropriate windows homeowners try to install in historic districts.
www.tacomaculture.org/historic/propertie...
www.tacomaculture.org/historic/districts...

by Erik on 2/4/2009 @ 12:50pm
I wrote a short article for today's edition of the Index regarding planned changes for the 1907 Bowes Building near the corner of South 9th and A Streets downtown.

Nice post. However, you have to put int he word "Tacoma" for the post to come in through the feed otherwise it is only a forum type posting.

by TDI-Reporters-Notebook on 2/4/2009 @ 2:06pm
@Erik -- I'm aware of the Tacoma tag. Like a few of my other posts, I wanted to keep this one in the forum. Some posts I've tagged for the main feed, some posts I'm 'quietly' adding to the TDI Reporter's Blog.

by Erik on 2/4/2009 @ 2:09pm
Some posts I've tagged for the main feed, some posts I'm 'quietly' adding to the TDI Reporter's Blog.

Why? Feed Tacoma is pretty darn quiet these days. As it sits now, SPEW is 60 perent of the contest and "photo of the day" is 20 percent.

by KevinFreitas on 2/4/2009 @ 2:47pm
Thx for the posts Todd. Whether tagged "Tacoma" or not you bring a great perspective to the table. And, @Erik, from where I stand that table has many chairs around it. I'm not sure why you perceive it being "darn quiet these days" with most days having well over 20 entries come from all the generous contributors and great conversations about all kinds of things Tacoma.

by Erik Hanberg on 2/4/2009 @ 3:19pm
I don't want to start a whole big thing, but I tend to agree with @Erik. The entire local blogosphere feels quieter to me than it did a year or two ago. It's not necessarily about the number of posts, it's about the kind of content being posted. There's less that interests me now than did then. I can't say exactly what it is that's changed, but that's my feeling.

Maybe that's what @Erik's getting to, as well. I'd be interested to here.

by Erik on 2/4/2009 @ 3:46pm
I don't want to start a whole big thing, but I tend to agree with @Erik. The entire local blogosphere feels quieter to me than it did a year or two ago.

Yeah. Its 3:44 p.m. and there are only 7 entries on Feed Tacoma, three of which are from Spew two from Exit 133, and no i feed Tacoma sources. I would be interested to see the stats, it seems a small portion of what there was last year.

Each day though is a new opportunity to blog.


by Mofo from the Hood on 2/4/2009 @ 7:01pm
This is one of a scattering of Tacoma lone buildings unique in style yet always half-rented, if not empty, and situated next to open lots. The City should organize a fleet of flat-bed trucks and a team of movers and relocate all the orphan architecture together in one unified district.

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