tacomawatch: improbable architecture department

one of the entries in kevin freitas’s photo essay [#]

BoingBoing points out [bb] a series of photos documenting a completely mind-boggling piece of architecture in Tacoma that’s not long for this world.

The outlandish house near the corner of South 25th and Fawcett Avenue, with painted lumber scraps jutting skyward like some kind of art-deco cathedral . . . which [Vladimir] Deriugin dreamed of encasing in concrete and using as the core for a 500-foot office and condominium tower, will be torn down within the next couple of months. [newstribune]

It seems that Mr. Deriugin has been fighting The (public safety-obsessed) Man in Pierce County for years to keep his art project/architecture experiment/bizarre home alive. With the courts finally shutting him down, those who want to see the structure with their own eyes are running out of time. Maybe a 2006 resolution to make a daytrip to Tacoma is in order for architecture tourists.

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