I have no idea what the place is.
I have no idea who built it.
I have no idea what purpose it serves, if any.
I only know that, just outside the south side of the Tacoma Dome parking lot, north side of Bull’s Eye Indoor Shooting Range, there stands a building advertising dentistry for 25 cents.
It is, in short, the most beautifully bizarre thing in the city of Tacoma. The only possible competition I know of, in fact, is the mysterious suspended bike of Ruston.
As you can see in this photograph, there’s a blue door, a tooth promoting 25 cent dentistry, and a dental chair perched atop an overhang. I don’t know whether the dental work is done on that chair or whether it’s purely ornamental (I hope for the former).
I imagine an old man with a twisted spine and a lab coat two sizes too small for his body scrambling up to the chair at night and performing dental surgery by moonlight. For all ailments, the same solution: removal of every tooth in the mouth.
And yes, that is an enlarged toothbrush just above the door, as well. Let’s not forget that bizarre piece of evidence.
The door is always locked and, far as I can tell, gives no indication as to what is inside.
Also, on the broad side of this most bizarre of buildings is another strange sight, facing an alleyway with a crumbling warehouse on the other side.
Several “windows” are marked out with blue tape, but no actual windows are there. I would say that the tape had been put there as outlines for carpenters to cut actual windows into, but that doesn’t make sense. You don’t cut windows into a building from the outside, far as I know.
Besides, these tape-windows have been on this wall for at least three years. I recall first seeing them that long ago.
I’m throwing this story out into the Supreme World Net to see what kicks back. Someone out there, surely, knows the story behind this place.
Contact me. Tell the Northwest Nomad from where this strange place comes, and why. I’ll buy you a beer, and if I buy you one, it’ll probably become twelve.
Is 25 cent dentistry any good? I must know.
Until then, thank you, Weird Architect, Builder of the Strange, whoever thou art who made this mystery a reality. Tacoma owes you a debt of curiosity and wonder.