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Tacoma’s historic brewery block gets high-tech headquarters

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 30, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
September 30, 2008 2:08 pm

The sign went up today at 2516 Holgate St., on the new Tacoma corporate headquarters for Rainier Connect, a multiservice telecommunications company. The company started in 1910 in Eatonville as a local phone company. Now it employs more than 60 people. (Photo by Dan Voelpel)

A former Eatonville telephone company that started in 1910 and has since grown into a multiservice telecommunications company will move into its new Tacoma corporate headquarters in three weeks.

Rainier Connect, which employs more than 60 people, has spent since last December refurbishing a historic, four-story brick building at 2516 Holgate St. The company will occupy 12,000 square feet of office space, use about 10,000 square feet for indoor parking and hold the remaining 8,000 square feet on the upper two floors for future expansion, said Brian Haynes, president and CEO.

Today Rainier Connect provides local and long distance telephone service, cable television, and Internet and high-speed data services.

Crews spent today installing the Rainier Connect sign atop the building. The company will move from its current space at 805 Pacific Ave.

Investors affiliated with Rainier Connect bought the building in December for $1,967,500, according to online records at the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office.

Prolific Tacoma architect C.A. Darmer designed the brewery block in 1891 for the Pacific Brewing & Malting Co. complex. The block received historic status on the Tacoma register in 1976 and national historic status in 1978, according to the Tacoma Public Library Buildings Index.

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