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"Three Domes Tacoma" Print by Tom Pickerel

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    "Three Domes Tacoma" Print by Tom Pickerel

    This is a nice print of a line drawing. This is downtown Tacoma Washington. The view shows the Union Station, Mt. Rainier and the Tacoma Dome.

    If you kept traveling in that direction, you'd fly over my house in the neighboring town.

    The city's first rail station was built in 1883, then moved to the site of the present Union Station on Pacific Avenue and enlarged in 1892. In 1906 the architectural firm of Reed and Stem was selected to design a new station more befitting Tacoma's image as a prosperous, thriving metropolis and railway terminus of the Northwest.

    Construction of Union Station began in 1909 and was completed on May 1, houses th U.S. Court House.

    It is the largest arena with a wooden dome in the world by volume

    After winning an international design competition, local architects McGranahan and Messenger completed the Tacoma Dome at a cost of $44 million; it opened on April 21, 1983.

    From his obit:
    "Pickerel was the Kittitas County Planner at a time of significant transition in the county in the 1970s to early 1990s as the timber industry dwindled and increased pressures were felt on forest and agricultural lands. There were similarities between what he valued as an artist and as a planner.

    His knack for capturing enduring images endeared him to people looking for art that represented the community in which they lived both for their homes are for gifts to loved ones who moved away and wanted reminders of what they left behind."

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    1. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      Neat. I lived in Seattle 1978-1992 and experienced the Aroma of Tacoma many times as I had friends from home who lived there. I think they live in Federal Way, now. Nice historical document.
    2. dav2no1 dav2no1, 8 months ago
      Ha ha..I remember those days. Doesnt smell so much anymore. I used to work down in that area in the late 90s. There was a hot dog factory, osb mill and other industrial factories. One summer there was a bunch of dead cows loaded on the railroad cars. They were leather(?) heading to japan(?)..anyway there was some import issue, so they were stuck there for weeks in the heat of summer...yuck!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 8 months ago
      Glad I missed that!

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