TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Jul. 10, 2009 at 9:00am

Tagging the Luzon Building

The Luzon Building at the corner of 13th and Pacific downtown is surrounded by a fence six feet high. Padlocks secure several doors. If that's not enough, the building just might fall on you. Small obstacles, I guess, for a tagger this week . . .

I shot these photos on the walk to the office this morning. Did someone actually hop the fence and scale the Luzon? Is Spider-Man roaming downtown Tacoma? Maybe someone entered through a street-level window (the one with a tree growing out of it, perhaps) and made his/her way inside? What does it mean?

comments [14]  |  posted under Downtown, Luzon, Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2009 @ 9:08am

by NineInchNachos on 7/10/2009 @ 9:08am
open season on luzon

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 7/10/2009 @ 9:32am
Good to see someone doing something with the Luzon. I suspect that the Gintz group will now be asking for money from the city to improve the security at the Luzon. Hmmm, money for security, money to reinforce the walls and maybe fix the roof would provide some tidy incomes for the Gintz people.

by Altered Chords on 7/15/2009 @ 1:22pm
What does it say? There is a message there. Oh, heck, I'll just walk down.

by L.S.Erhardt on 7/15/2009 @ 7:27pm
They have tagging buildings in places like Detroit and NYC... buildings where tagging is explicitly allowed and encouraged.

Could that be the future of the Luzon?
Lord knows it couldn't make it look much worse if we got a few murals on it.

by toddnnc on 8/21/2009 @ 2:05pm
I live in NC and looked into this building because it was once owned by George Vanderbilt. Is it possible for someone to take some pictures of this building at decent resolutions for me if they are in the area...............................and also do you have any idea if a library or Hist Assoc would have vintage images, postcards, interior photos of this building and if so where would I email them? Thank you very much in advance!

by jenyum on 8/21/2009 @ 2:35pm
Hi Toddnnc,

You ask at an interesting time. This building has been designated as dangerous and is likely to be torn down if a developer can't step in right now and begin work. (Financing has fallen through for the current developer.)

I was surprised to find not very many in the library archives:

but there are a few more on google image search:

by jenyum on 8/21/2009 @ 2:38pm
A story with a few more photos, one interior:

by jenyum on 8/21/2009 @ 3:13pm
Here's one with the Fun Circus sign still up (taken in the 70s)

(I think he has contact info at

by jenyum on 8/21/2009 @ 3:25pm
Also try historic Tacoma:

Signs painted on the building indicate it has housed, in addition to the Fun Circus:

W L Davis & Sons
Chaddy & Sons Tailors
Pacific National Bank

by KevinFreitas on 8/21/2009 @ 3:32pm
@toddnnc: Here are some details shots I took a few years ago of the exterior:

by toddnnc on 8/21/2009 @ 8:26pm
Thank you everyone, keep the ideas coming!! I have been researching George Vanderbilt for more than 20 years and I hope to be finishing my project on his life soon in the form of a book. He built Biltmore House and he funded the bank in Tacoma and owned the building for a some years in the 1890s, from what I gather he had cousins who talked him into funding it for them to run but they ran it into the ground and it cost him millions to fund the bank when they lost it. Their last name was Ceasar.
G Vanderbilt also bought items from Tacoma to decorate his grand castle here in NC.
The only time I know Vanderbilt visited the city was 1892 or 1893 on his way to Japan, if anyone knows that he came there other times or has any info on the subject I would truly appreciate it!

by toddnnc on 8/21/2009 @ 8:28pm
Kevin for some reason the links are not showing anything. My email is and if possible you have high res copies Id love to have them for my collection.

by Mofo from the Hood on 8/22/2009 @ 11:59am
Man, you know your graffitti crew is lame when it tags the most run-down and vacant building in downtown anywhere.


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