Tour Harmon Brewery, Learn About The Not-So-Hidden Benefits of Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

Adaptive reuse of historic buildings has been a cornerstone of the revitalization of Tacoma's downtown.

There are plenty of examples of adaptive reuse in downtown Tacoma. Pacific Avenue is at its grandest where it passes between examples of historic buildings adapted and preserved for public uses - Union Station and the buildings that now make up UW Tacoma. At either end slightly smaller adaptive reuse projects anchor Pacific - the recently completed Old City Hall Annex, which now houses offices and the new Pacific Brewing tap room, and the LEED-certified remodel of the Foremost Dairy building.

Projects like these not only preserve Tacoma's history, they keep the physical landscape of Tacoma attractive and interesting.

Next month you can tour a successful example of adaptive reuse in downtown Tacoma that has been giving back to the downtown streetscape for a couple decades now - the 1908 Harmon building, now home to Harmon Brewing and the Harmon Lofts and offices. The brewery tour will include appetizers and discussion of historic preservation and adaptive reuse.

There may be plenty of examples in Tacoma of historic buildings saved for new uses, but there plenty of opportunities remain as well. This tour comes as UWT prepares to rehabilitate the exterior of the adjoining McDonald Smith building. Built between 1900 and 1910, the building once housed a grocery store and a candy manufacturer, but has since been converted into apartments and retail space. At street level on the Pacific Avenue side the building houses Urban Xchange and other retail. 

And looking forward, the Brewery District presents several blocks containing historic buildings, just waiting to be brought back to life...

More on the Adaptive Reuse Open House and Harmon Brewery Tour here. Tickets at Eventbrite.

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