This print of Chander O'Leary's painting captures a stunning view
of Stadium High School. This magnificent building was built in 1891
with aspirations to become a luxury hotel. The "Panic in 1893"
brought construction to a halt. A subsequent fire in 1898 gutted
the building. In 1904, Tacoma Public Schools purchased the shell of
a building and it opened as a high school in September of 1906."I love how elegant and incongruous this place is," says Chandler
about Stadium High. "It's bizarre to see a little sliver of France
(or at least, an American approximation thereof) in the middle of a
port city in the Northwest. And the thought of a mob of teenagers
pouring in and out of it every day only adds to the strangeness.
Yet somehow, the place fits right in with the rest of the city—it's
just another part of the beautiful hodgepodge that makes up Tacoma
in so many ways. Also, the fact that Stadium High features
prominently in a movie ("Ten Things I Hate About You") kind of
completes the bizarre circle for me. In that movie, Tacoma is
filmed as a stand-in for Seattle—just as the building is a stand-in
for French architecture. Yet in both cases, the stand-in has so
much more depth to it than you might see at first glance. Or, I
don't know. Maybe my brain just has too much time to wander while
I'm standing outside and drawing..."
- Printed on Moab Natural White Paper, 6" x 10" image with 1/2"
- Print is of image only (not including card rank/number information)
-- Imagery of the playing card can be printed upon request.
- These prints of the original artwork will be unframed and printed
in batches. Please expect a two-week delivery timeframe.
- Shipping of $7 will be applied at checkout.(International orders
will be separately invoiced for additional shipping costs)
Chandler O’Leary was born 50 miles west of Wall Drug, and has had
an affinity for giant jackalopes and coffee-pot-shaped buildings
ever since. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design,
and the proprietor of Anagram Press—which allows her to make a
living by drawing pictures, lettering every word by hand, and in
general doing things the hard way.