Stadium High School, Tacoma, Washington by wrylycoyote

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Stadium High School, in Tacoma, WA, was built as a luxury hotel in the 1890s, in the French Chateau style. Before it even opened there was a financial panic, and it sat vacant for years. In 1906 it was sold to the Tacoma School District for $35,000. Next to it was a natural ampitheater which was turned into a football & track field. Stadium Bowl has been the scene of many famous appearances, like Teddy Roosevelt and Louis Armstrong. In France I saw many chateaus, and this building beautifully captures the style. The two towers on the left face northwards, and have a gorgeous view of Commencement Bay. I faded the drawing on the edges into an oval shape, like the old sepia photographs.

There is nothing I won’t try creatively. I love historic architecture and landscape. Although my work is mostly naturalistic, there’s always a strongly abstract quality to it. My radar is always tuned for interesting patterns and contrasts.

I also write a blog every week, http://www.wrylycoyote.com

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