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The Albers Mill project is a dynamic residential and commercial historic rehabilitation located in the City of Tacoma on the Thea Foss Waterway. This development is one of four current projects underway in the new “Museum District” of Tacoma. The project stands adjacent to the Bridge of Glass by Dale Chihuly and the Museum of Glass donated to the City by George and Jane Russell of the Frank Russell Company. Albers Bros. Mill Lofts are within blocks of the new Museum of Modern Art of Tacoma, the Washington History Museum and the Team Tacoma housing project on the FOSS.

The Albers Mill will be a five story historic rehabilitated building with a modern addition on the water (east) side. Input from the Urban Design Review Committee of the FWDA, the City of Tacoma, the State of Washington and the National Park Service has been part of the design process. The property will be placed on the US Register of Historic Places and will undergo a certified historic rehabilitation under the US Dept. of Interior Guidelines.

The first floor of the building will have a glass canopy resembling the dock canopy of the original building. The public will be able to access the multiple entries on the Dock Street side, Museum of Glass level and the public esplanade on the waterfront. Thirteen foot ceilings, large wood timber columns, brick interior walls, hard wood floors, and dramatic window openings will make this an attractive space for the commercial tenants on the Thea Foss Waterway.

Residential lofts will offer unique floor plans on the second through fifth floors of the property. Contemporary fixtures, floor coverings and security make this an exceptional living environment. The two fifth-floor Penthouse units will have two-stories and large balconies facing the waterfront. Each floor has been designed to take full advantage of the unique existing materials present in this historic property. The residents of the Albers Mill will have private parking available as well as storage spaces for their use.

History

Five brothers worked together to create and run the Albers Bothers Milling Company: Bernard, Henry, William, George and Frank, all immigrating from Germany. The brothers expanded their business from Oregon to Tacoma, WA in 1904 with the construction of their mill on the Thea Foss Waterway. By 1907, Albers Mill dominated the grain and mill enterprise in the southern sound region by rolling oats, milling flour, and compressing hay. The mill thrived throughout the years and was so successful in 1920, it boasted of cereal mills in five other states including mills in Japan, Manchuria, and Chili.

Albers Brothers Milling Company continued to grow until it sold out to its fifteen- year working partner, The Carnation Company in 1929. The mill continued to operate through 1944 until Carnation sold the building to J.H Galbraith. From 1950 to the early 1980’s the Albers Brothers Mill complex was put to land based uses.

Current Views

Current view of Albers Mill


Current view of Albers Mill


Southeast view looking onto the Thea Foss Waterway, and the suspension bridge


West view of downtown Tacoma with a direct view of the Washington State History Museum and the University of Washington


North view of the Museum of Glass, the esplanade and the Thea Foss Waterway


Southeast view with suspension bridge and Mount Ranier


East view of the Thea Foss Waterway and marinas



Proposed Views

East view from the Thea Foss Waterway looking at the esplanade and Albers Mill


West aerial view of Albers Mill from Dock Street


North view from Dock St.


View from suspension bridge


Esplanade view to the north.


Living space and view from third floor loft


A possible restaurant interior and view of the Thea Foss Waterway


Living area of a third floor loft


Proposed first floor plan


Site plan



Cool project. My favorite in the city.
 

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That does look like a neat project. Downtown Tacoma has nice momentum going on right now. I hope the other side of Foss waterway gets spiffed up too.
 
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