Luzon Building

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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)
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 Park Service (9 July 2010). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 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. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Matthews, Todd (26 September 2009). "Luzon's Last Dawn". Tacoma Daily Index. Tacoma, Washington. Archived from the original on October 18, 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009.