Perennial pagodaPoint Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA

Point Defiance Pagoda sketch by Chandler O'Leary

This Sunday my town is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the pagoda at Point Defiance Park. Originally a streetcar station, the building features an Arts & Crafts design, Japanese-style roof and Welsh ceramic roof tiles. A teenage arsonist nearly destroyed the structure in 2011, but the subsequent restoration brought back several of the original features that had been remodeled away over the years. The restored pagoda looks better than ever, and just in time—since it was just added to the National Historic Register.

Point Defiance Pagoda sketch by Chandler O'Leary

So you can bet I’ll be there on Sunday, raising a toast to the next hundred years.

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