SH Archive Who built Stadium High School in Tacoma, WA?

SH.org OP Username
KorbenDallas
SH.org OP Date
2018-04-25 03:55:58
SH.org Reaction Score
8
SH.org Reply Count
8

KD Archive

Not actually KorbenDallas
Trusted Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2020
Messages
4,691
Reaction score
347
This one I actually ran into, while on a Sunday drive a few weeks ago. To say that this is an overkill for a school is to say nothing. It could be a monastery, or a "whatever". Once again, there is a picture of the so-called construction process (renovation actually), but this is where it ends.

The building had clear signs of the so-called Mud Flood. Some of the bottom level windows on the North, and South sides of the structure were below the ground level. Made me wonder how many levels below the street surface were out there. In front of the school there was that very same purple glass signature, which is a trademark of the Seattle Underground.

purple-glass-sidewalk.jpg

The building was supposedly designed by Frederick Heath. He arrived in Washington State at age 34 and started working in 1898, establishing his practice in 1901. The buildings he designed have been said to include "some of the most notable and beautiful structures of the city." Whatever else he built you can reference in this Wikipedia article: Frederick Heath (architect).

The school was to replace the building gutted by a massive fire on October 11, 1898. The main building was constructed by architects Hewitt and Hewitt for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company and the Tacoma Land Company at what was then known as Blackwell Point. Construction began in 1891 with the intention of building a luxury hotel resembling a French château. The Panic of 1893, however, brought construction to an abrupt halt when the Northern Pacific was faced with financial disaster. The unfinished building became a storage facility, with much of the building materials still inside. On October 11, 1898, the building was gutted by a massive fire.

The Tacoma School District purchased the gutted building on February 19, 1904, with the intent of turning it into a high school. The redesign and later renovations were planned by the school's architect, Frederick Heath. It was repaired and renovated into a school. The reconstructed building opened on September 10, 1906, as Tacoma High School.

Here it is, the Stadium High School

Tacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_1.jpgStadium_High_School_6_(Tacoma,_Washington).jpgTacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_2.jpgTacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_3.jpgTacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_4.jpg
Tacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_5.JPGTacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_a.jpgTacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_c.jpgTacoma_-_Stadium_High_School_b.jpg
Clearly, while Mr. Heath did some renovations, the building itself was constructed by G. W. & W. D. Hewitt. Too bad both died long time ago. Otherwise getting some sort of documented proof of the construction, i.e. - chain of supply, engineers/foremen employed, payroll documents, etc, would have been much easier.

Obviously Frederick Heath is of no interest, for the purposes of looking into this specific building. We are interested in George Watson Hewitt, and his brother William Dempster Hewitt. Though contemporary witnesses preferred to call George's brother John.

Wikipedia has very little info, but whatever is available looks to be summarized here: G. W. & W. D. Hewitt (fl. 1878 - 1907). Both of the brothers went to Burlington College. If somebody knows what Burlington College there was in NJ in the mid-19th century, please drop a link in the comments below.

William allegedly studied mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of Philadelphia (could be Polytechnic College of Pennsylvania), receiving his degree in 1865. After getting his degree William immediately joined troops bound for the Civil War. Following the War, Hewitt spent six months traveling in Europe and then returned to work with his brother. What mechanical engineering has to do with architecture, I'm not really sure. It seems civil engineering would be more appropriate for working as an architect.

George, upon getting done with attending Burlington College received some office training in the ecclesiastic projects. That's it for George.

With no real place to confirm their civil engineering education, the fact of their expertise remains to be proved and substantiated.

If you can find a picture of either of the two brothers, please upload in the comments below. This as all I was able to find. How is it even possible? Check out some the buildings they allegedly built. And no pictures of the actual architects easily available?

William_H_Hewitt.jpg
Weird again, there is a building, there are architects, and there is an informational dead end. Who really built the initial building remains unknown. Clearly, we have an assigned Hewitt and Hewitt (whatever they are). Once again we have a fire destroying a stone building. These 19th century fires were real popular back then.

Well, and on top of this we have some tunnels under this Tacoma School. Kudos goes to some school kids who filmed the tunnel back in 2015.

Though there are plenty of tunnel, and underground info covering the City of Tacoma.
I would not bet an eye on any of the above links covering the story from the perspective of true knowledge.

* * * * *
Anyways, here we have another one. One in the list of hundreds of thousands of buildings having no real history besides the one you can find on Wikipedia. As soon as you start digging deeper, you realize, that there are no pictures, no documents, and sometimes no real people standing behind their construction.
Note: This OP was recovered from the KeeperOfTheKnowledge archive.
Note: Archived Sh.org replies to this OP are included in this thread.
 

Archive

SH.org Archive
Joined
Sep 8, 2020
Messages
18,299
Reaction score
448
Note: This post was recovered from the Sh.org archive.
Username: in cahoots
Date: 2018-04-25 18:06:24
Reaction Score: 0
not specifically relevant, but I have a personal kink for another mysterious Seattle architect, Elmer H Fisher, as he was also involved with the reconstruction of my post-fire town of Vancouver BC.

Wikipedia : "Fisher claimed to have been born in Scotland and moved to Massachusetts at age 17 where he received an architectural apprenticeship in Worcester. This now appears to be untrue according to the City of Seattle's research.... "

So we have another run-o'-the-mill, roving, continental building designer. With no traceable education.

"Fisher came to Seattle in 1889 before the Great Seattle fire devastated the city. He is considered the most prolific of the architects involved in rebuilding the city for designing almost half of the major downtown buildings between 1889 and 1891. "

Such a funny coincidence these guys roll into town and encounter great success years before the fires even happen. Pretty good preparation to have a quality architect in town, just in time for a civic disaster!

Later he is "scandalized" and vanishes into professional obscurity in LA, which is weird, because the dude built at least 15 buildings in '89. So these guys are all Freemasons, I'm guessing.
 

Archive

SH.org Archive
Joined
Sep 8, 2020
Messages
18,299
Reaction score
448
Note: This post was recovered from the Sh.org archive.
Username: humanoidlord
Date: 2018-04-25 20:17:04
Reaction Score: 1
three things:
1: look at those spires! this building would have looked impressive back in the atmospheric eletricity age
2: this photo:

is very interesting indeed, look at the chaotic terrain and compare it to this earlier pic:

and this recent one:


not only we have the ubiquitous short trees but we also have evidence via the terrain that this photo was taken very shortly after the mud flood

3: i have looked at the hewwits brothers wikipedia page and i have seen that they building style varied very greatly, wich makes the fact that they were assigned archictects compare this thing:


to this monstrosity only an year (!) later:

 

KD Archive

Not actually KorbenDallas
Trusted Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2020
Messages
4,691
Reaction score
347
Note: This post was recovered from the Sh.org archive.
Username: KorbenDallas
Date: 2018-04-26 01:26:44
Reaction Score: 0
Well, we established that things do not check out, but what's next?
 

Archive

SH.org Archive
Joined
Sep 8, 2020
Messages
18,299
Reaction score
448
Note: This post was recovered from the Sh.org archive.
Username: Ice Nine
Date: 2018-09-18 23:51:26
Reaction Score: 6
Holy Crappola! the terrain around the school is nothing like it is in this early engraving/sketch. Jeeez, I've been by it many many times and like I say..holy cow!

something ain't right, I know that bay and boat dock aren't there anymore.

Brother! I'll try to get to a shot on the Carbon River where we find petrified wood and there is an exposed cliff of the Osceola mud flow, it is quite deep :eek: I do know it is/was oh crap, 324 feet in places and another mud flow, lahar before that was 924 feet. I can't recall the name off hand now, the Round Mud Flow perhaps..I'll check later.

stadium.jpgstadium 1911.jpg
 

KD Archive

Not actually KorbenDallas
Trusted Member
Joined
Sep 22, 2020
Messages
4,691
Reaction score
347
Note: This post was recovered from the Sh.org archive.
Username: KorbenDallas
Date: 2018-09-19 19:27:03
Reaction Score: 0
That entire area of Tacoma south and uphill from the museum, and all the way west to Puget Sound is a suspect. I believe there is an old city buried in that hill.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Archive SH Archive Replies The 2 Largest Forts Built During the American Civil War Archived SH.org OP Replies 22
Archive SH Archive Replies Mormons (among others) built a DUMB on the 33rd Parallel Archived SH.org OP Replies 1
Archive SH Archive Replies Similar style buildings are all over the world. Were they built by our civilization? Archived SH.org OP Replies 89
Archive SH Archive Replies Cathedrals: Who really built them? Archived SH.org OP Replies 92
Timeshifter Britain's first city discovered as archaeologists say it was home of people who built Stonehenge Unmatched 2
KD Archive SH Archive Long Island Canals. Who built them, and when? Buildings and Structures 4
KD Archive SH Archive (N) Louisiana Bayou Canals: who built them? Buildings and Structures 12
Archive SH Archive Cities built on Swamps Investigation Requests 15
Archive SH Archive Possible Tartarian Old San Francisco City Hall Built in 1899 and 'destroyed' in 1906 by 'earthquake' Buildings and Structures 1
Archive SH Archive Who Built Military Roads Across the Rocky Mountains? Buildings and Structures 18
Archive SH Archive Beavers built stone dams at Niagara? Buildings and Structures 4
M New Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces built in only 2 years? Buildings and Structures 13
M Alternative explanation for floors below ground: buildings GREW, not built Unmatched 3
Timeshifter Prehistoric Stone Monument in Scotland May Have Been Intentionally Built to Attract Lightning Buildings and Structures 2
Archive SH Archive Replies Exploring An Abandoned Former Boarding School Built late 1800s Archived SH.org OP Replies 1
JWW427 The 2 Largest Forts Built During the American Civil War Buildings and Structures 2
KD Archive SH Archive Who built Boys' High School, Philadelphia Buildings and Structures 15
KD Archive SH Archive Saint Petersburg Kazan Cathedral was not built when they say it was... Buildings and Structures 20
Jim Duyer Who built the pyramid(s)? We did Buildings and Structures 25
TheAsianGuy_LOL Brooklyn Bridge Built As Told? Buildings and Structures 0
trismegistus Mormons (among others) built a DUMB on the 33rd Parallel Buildings and Structures 2
Archive SH Archive Exploring An Abandoned Former Boarding School Built late 1800s Buildings and Structures 0
Archive SH Archive Who built the Cathedral of Las Lajas, Colombia Buildings and Structures 22
Broken Agate SH Archive Cathedrals: Who really built them? Buildings and Structures 4
KD Archive SH Archive Alacanti (Tibi) Dam built in Spain between 1579 and 1594 Buildings and Structures 13
KD Archive SH Archive Who really built Russian Saint Petersburg? Did they dig it out? Buildings and Structures 64
KD Archive SH Archive Similar style buildings are all over the world. Were they built by our civilization? Buildings and Structures 1
KD Archive SH Archive Who built Holy Names Academy building in Seattle? Buildings and Structures 9
KD Archive SH Archive 1915 NYC Lewisohn Stadium Buildings and Structures 1
Timeshifter Earth Stadium: Sunken German Stadium Berlin 1909 Buildings and Structures 0
Archive SH Archive Replies High Strangeness of Fossil Fuel Formation & Consumption: Part One: Does history even exist??? Archived SH.org OP Replies 40
Archive SH Archive The Venice High Voltage lines and the Starfort Marghera Unmatched 39
igneous Por-Bazhyn (Por-Bajin) The Mysterious Structure High Up in the Tuvan Mountains General 4
dreamtime High-Dose Iodine Protocol, Halide and Mercury detox, etc. Nutrition and Health 34
JWW427 Egyptian High Technology Evidence Buildings and Structures 1
Archive SH Archive High Strangeness of Fossil Fuel Formation & Consumption: Part One: Does history even exist??? General 3
KD Archive SH Archive 1893: 100 MPH High Speed Electric Train General 16
AthroposRex Discovery of an ancient high tech genetics lab for use by giant hominids in Bucegi mountains in Romania. General 8
Archive SH Archive High quality 1-hour Youtube video on Hellenic & Trojan Greece pulled for "hate speech" General 4
Archive SH Archive Detroit Publishing Co 19xx photos. Extra high resalution! Buildings and Structures 3
KD Archive SH Archive SpaceX Starship damaged by high winds Space Travel and Moon Landing 22
Archive SH Archive The Man in the High Castle TV Shows 61
Archive SH Archive Corsets as high technology General 41
KD Archive SH Archive The obscure high-tech Stone Age "they" do not want you to know about General 21

Similar threads

Users who are viewing this thread

Top