Pierce County razes century-old downtown Tacoma building

Work is under way this week to demolish a 110-year-old, county-owned building in downtown Tacoma.

In November, Pierce County officials reported the 12,500-square-foot building, which was built circa-1904/1905 and is located at 911 Tacoma Ave. S., had been lightly used in recent years, and was vacated in 2013 after an analysis of structural and electrical systems deemed it unsafe for occupancy (see “Pierce County to raze 110-year-old downtown Tacoma building,” Tacoma Daily Index, Nov. 12, 2014). A contract was awarded to Tacoma-based Dickson Company to complete a deconstruction and demolition project.

Work is under way this week to demolish a 110-year-old, county-owned building in downtown Tacoma. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

Work is under way this week to demolish a 110-year-old, county-owned building in downtown Tacoma. (PHOTO BY TODD MATTHEWS)

The so-called “911 Building” sits across the street from the County-City Building and the Pierce County Jail. It has been home to a variety of businesses over the years, including the Canton Cafe, Moby Dick’s Tavern, George’s Tavern, the Tacoma Liquor Company, as well as various county departments, according to the Tacoma Public Library’s Northwest Room online Tacoma-Pierce County Buildings Index and Pierce County officials.

THEN AND NOW: The so-called "911 Building" as it appeared in 1960 (left) and as it appears today (right). The century-old, county-owned building in downtown Tacoma is being demolished this week. (PHOTOS COURTESY TACOMA PUBLIC LIBRARY / PIERCE COUNTY)

THEN AND NOW: The so-called “911 Building” as it appeared in 1960 (left) and as it appears today (right). The century-old, county-owned building in downtown Tacoma is being demolished this week. (PHOTOS COURTESY TACOMA PUBLIC LIBRARY / PIERCE COUNTY)

There are no further plans for the site at this time, according to Pierce County officials.