Luzon Building

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Not to be confused with Luzon Apartment Building.
Luzon Building
Pacific National Bank.jpg
Luzon Building prior to demolition
Former names
  • Pacific National Bank
  • Vanderbilt Building
  • Argonne Building
  • State Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Chicago school, commercial style
Location 1302 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, Washington
Coordinates 47°15′04″N 122°26′19″W / 47.251155°N 122.438507°W / 47.251155; -122.438507Coordinates: 47°15′04″N 122°26′19″W / 47.251155°N 122.438507°W / 47.251155; -122.438507
Construction started 1890
Completed approx. 8 February 1891
Demolished 26 September 2009
Roof 88.00 ft (26.82 m)
Technical details
Floor count 6
Lifts/elevators 1
Design and construction
Architect Burnham and Root
Pacific National Bank Building
Luzon Building is located in Washington (state)
Luzon Building
Area less than one acre
Built 1891 (1891)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80004008[1]
Added to NRHP 7 March 1980
Window detail, Luzon Building prior to demolition

The Luzon Building was a historic six-story building at 1302 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, Washington designed by Chicago architects Daniel Burnham and John Root.[3][4]

The Luzon was built in 1890–1891 as the Pacific National Bank, which had a first floor entrance on Pacific Avenue and a second floor entrance on Commerce Avenue. Both floors contained businesses such as W.L. Davis & Sons Co. Furniture and Chaddy & Son Tailors in addition to the bank; the upper four stories were living space.

The building was named "Luzon" in 1901, after the largest island in the Philippines, where on July 1 of that year William Howard Taft inaugurated establishment of American civil government of the Philippines.

The building was demolished on September 26, 2009 despite efforts by local preservationists.[5][6]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Luzon Building at Emporis
  3. ^ Gallacci, Caroline Denyer; Karabaich, Ron (2009). Downtown Tacoma. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia. p. 42. ISBN 9780738570020. 
  4. ^ "Luzon Building". Historic Tacoma. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Kathleen (27 September 2009). "Few gather for fall of historic Luzon building". The News Tribune (Tacoma, Washington). Archived from the original on 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Matthews, Todd (26 September 2009). "Luzon's Last Dawn". Tacoma Daily Index (Tacoma, Washington). Retrieved 27 September 2009. [dead link]