A TACOMA LANDMARK SINCE 1927

EMBRACING HISTORY & REINVENTING THE FUTURE OF WORK

EMBRACING HISTORY & REINVENTING THE FUTURE OF WORK

Located in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District, the TractionSpace building (748 Market Street) came to life as the Azure Swimming Pool building in 1927*. A playground for the social elite, it was the place to be seen in the Roaring Twenties. Troupes from the nearby Pantages Theatre would seek out the pool and diving board for their promotional glamour shots. Although Azure Pool was one of the first public swimming pools to be built in the Pacific Northwest, the 1929 market crash forced it to cease operations.

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Azure Swimming Pool building

Azure Swimming Pool

Longshoremen’s Union Hall

Longshoremen’s Union Hall

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In the early 1930s, 748 Market Street shifted gears when the pool space was floored over and the Tacoma Longshoremen’s Union Hall set up residence. Voices of the labor union’s numerous members converged in front of the building on Market Street, giving momentum to the 1934 Longshoreman Strike, which ultimately shut down the West Coast to shipping for nearly a month.

In the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, the building reinvented itself yet again and housed the B and B Glass company. The ensuing years saw a number of restaurants and stores occupy the building until 1990, when it went through a major remodel. Seismic support was added, a new mezzanine and second floor were added as well as many new windows to make it the light-filled space you see today.

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B and B Glass

B and B Glass Company

Traction Space Tacoma HQ

Traction Space Tacoma HQ

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Now, in 2019, the whole space has been completely customized and remodeled to meet the unique needs of our TractionSpace members. Contact us to schedule a tour!

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Azure Swimming Pool

Azure Swimming Pool building

Located in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District, the TractionSpace building (748 Market Street) came to life as the Azure Swimming Pool building in 1927*. A playground for the social elite, it was the place to be seen in the Roaring Twenties. Troupes from the nearby Pantages Theatre would seek out the pool and diving board for their promotional glamour shots. Although Azure Pool was one of the first public swimming pools to be built in the Pacific Northwest, the 1929 market crash forced it to cease operations.

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Longshoremen’s Union Hall

Longshoremen’s Union Hall

In the early 1930s, 748 Market Street shifted gears when the pool space was floored over and the Tacoma Longshoremen’s Union Hall set up residence. Voices of the labor union’s numerous members converged in front of the building on Market Street, giving momentum to the 1934 Longshoreman Strike, which ultimately shut down the West Coast to shipping for nearly a month.

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B and B Glass Company

B and B Glass

In the 1940s, 50s and early 60s, the building reinvented itself yet again and housed the B and B Glass company. The ensuing years saw a number of restaurants and stores occupy the building until 1990, when it went through a major remodel. Seismic support was added, a new mezzanine and second floor were added as well as many new windows to make it the light-filled space you see today.

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Traction Space Tacoma HQ

Traction Space Tacoma HQ

Now, in 2019, the whole space has been completely customized and remodeled to meet the unique needs of our TractionSpace members. Contact us to schedule a tour!

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