Renovated Tacoma pagoda reopening Saturday

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 6:03 AM

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The century-old pagoda building at Tacoma's Point Defiance Park reopens Saturday after a $7 million renovation to repair damage from a 2011 arson.

Metro Parks also upgraded the building with heated flooring, meeting rooms and a restored plaza outside the pagoda.

Built in 1914 in the park's Japanese garden in the style of a 17th century Japanese lodge, it was operated originally as a trolley station.

The pagoda has been a favored site for parties, memorial services and weddings.

A 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty to setting the fire nearly two years ago that damaged the structure and roof.

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http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/pagoda/

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