Historic Mason Plaza dedication Dec. 6

Join the Proctor District Association, Tacoma Historical Society, Tacoma Public Library, city partners, community sponsors, North End neighbors and others...

Join the Proctor District Association, Tacoma Historical Society, Tacoma Public Library, city partners, community sponsors, North End neighbors and others in the dedication and celebration of a historic landmark plaza remembering Allen Chase Mason. The grand opening ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sat., Dec. 6 at the plaza at the Wheelock Library, North 26th and Adams streets in Tacoma.

According to event organizers, Mason Plaza is a public urban space for all to enjoy and learn more about this visionary who shaped Tacoma’s history. A bronze life-sized statue of Mason welcomes visitors to gather on granite benches framed by six grand historic sandstone columns from the portico of Mason’s former 1890’s north-end mansion.

Mason advertised Tacoma’s strengths in East Coast newspapers through a dazzling illustration he called the Star of Destiny and which some say was the genesis of the City of Destiny slogan. A five-foot diameter bronze Star of Destiny is imbedded in the inlaid brick pedestrian plaza.

“The plaza serves as a tribute to Tacoma history and a permanent expression of the community’s commitment to art and culture,” says project manager Joe Quilici. “It creates a way of integrating Mason artifacts into a present day interpretative center and major focal point of countywide significance.”

Mason, an Illinois school teacher and chicken farmer, came to Tacoma in 1883 with $2.85 in his pocket. By the 1890’s his housing developments in Tacoma had turned him into a multi-millionaire. Along the way, he promoted Tacoma’s booming economy, diverse job prospects and superior quality of life. He gave Tacoma its first public library and developed a street car line connecting downtown Tacoma, the Proctor District and Point Defiance Park.

The $250,000 plaza project was supported by a $25,000 grant from the Pierce County Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, $10,000 from the Pierce County Council (District 4) and $1,000 from the Pierce County Arts Commission.

For more information, visit http://www.proctorbusinessdistrict.com .

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