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TACOMA: Former Russell HQ is an impressive building

Letter by Gayle Rieber, Tacoma on Jan. 23, 2013 at 11:34 am with No Comments »
January 24, 2013 9:30 am

I read with interest your article on State Farm as a potential occupant of the building that formerly housed Russell Investments in downtown Tacoma (TNT, 1-21).

As one who has worked down the street from that magnificent building for years, I appreciate its grandeur daily. What an entrance with its stairs and its fountain wall. From across the Foss Waterway one can see how stunning it looks in our city skyline. I’ve photographed it in the morning with sunlight splashing on its glass.

Yes, the building is Class A space with large square footage. Other buildings have those technical qualities. The Russell building goes far beyond statistics with its architecture that speaks of importance and visionary occupants.

On work assignments I’ve seen the interior lobby with its floor tile that depicts a globe of the world. A company that occupies this building would impress its clients and visitors alike with a show of pride and quality, a presence hard to match. State Farm should have competition for it.

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