By: dgardner

Pagoda in Tacoma reopens Saturday

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
January 9, 2013
By Journal Staff

The historic pagoda at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma will reopen with a celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The park is at 5400 N. Pearl. Luther Twitchell was the architect for the original pagoda, which has an Asian influenced design. It opened as a streetcar station in 1914 and was used for events in the 1960s. The last significant renovation was in the 1980s. A fire started by an arsonist in 2011 damaged the infrastructure and roof. Repairs cost $7 million and included adding multipurpose space and a catering kitchen on the lower level, and restoring the historic plaza behind the building. The heating system was also upgraded and some roof tiles were replaced. Insurance paid for $5 million of the work. Most of the rest of the money came from the city's 2005 park improvement bond. BCRA was the architect, and civil and structural engineer. Belfor and Kirtley–Cole Associates were the general contractors. Curtis Hancock from Metro Parks Tacoma was the project manager.

Learn more about BCRA's work to restore Tacoma's historic icon via the Tacoma Weekly

Watch the community's excitement for the reopening via Komo news

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