Per the Metro Parks Tacoma website “the Pagoda was built in 1914 as a replica of a 17th century Japanese Lodge. It was originally a waiting room for streetcars. Now this magnificent structure functions as a rental facility for weddings and other private parties as well as a venue for garden shows, lectures and concerts.”
Update 4/15/2011 the pagoda was badly damaged by a suspicious fire.
Update 12/5/12 A community grand re-opening celebration is scheduled for January 12, 2013.