Tacoma, WA Tacoma Hotel Destroyed By Fire, Oct 1935

Hotel Circa 1905 Hotel Tacoma On Fire

FIRE DESTROYS TACOMA HOTEL

FOUR OVERCOME BY SMOKE; WAS BUILT IN RAIL BOOM DAYS.

Tacoma, Wash., Oct. 17 -- (AP) -- The historic Hotel Tacoma, valued at $300,000, was destroyed by fire this morning, four persons being overcome by smoke.
MRS. EDITH OWENS, a guest, was carried from the building in an unconscious condition and taken to the Tacoma general hospital.
Lieut. C. SMILEY, Lieut. STEWART LEMM and Driver G. J. LETTERMAN of the fire department were overcome while fighting flames.
The hotel, built during the roaring railroad boom days of the early eighties, was designed by one of America's most celebrated architects, STANFORD WHITE, who later was shot by HARRY K. THAW in one of the nation's most notorious cases.
Fire broke out about 6:15 this morning in the cabinet shop in the north end of the basement.
Within ten minutes, flames had spread throughout the north wing of the building and in less than half an hour blazes were roaring through the entire structure.
The Tacoma hotel was opened in 1884. Its completion was on of the big events in the early history of the city.
The interior of the hotel was modernized and renovated in 1925 but its exterior remained as STANFORD WHITE designed it.

The Ogden Standard-Examiner Utah 1935-10-17