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PORTLAND, OR-Thomas Hacker and Associates Architects Inc. in partnership with Gray Purcell Construction, has purchased a historic 18,000 sf downtown office building from S&G Properties in a deal valued at $1.4 million.

Located at 733 S.W. Oak St., the two-story Oak Park Building was built in 1913 as the headquarters for the Balfour-Guthrie Co., a shipping company that occupied the building until 1957, according to published reports. The building most recently housed the City Rubber Stamp Co.’s manufacturing and office operation until they moved out earlier this year.

“It is the last manufacturing building in the downtown area,” says Doug Jones, senior marketing consultant for Norris, Beggs & Simpson’s Portland office, who represented both parties in the sale. “It’s a little older than the average building in the area. It’s surrounded by much larger buildings.”

Built of reinforced concrete, the building is one of the smallest office buildings in downtown Portland, Jones says. THAA is renovating the building, removing layers of paint from the exterior; tearing down old walls in the interior; adding new mechanical, telecommunications and computer systems; and upgrading the structure to meet new seismic standards.

THAA will occupy the entire lower floor in March 2002, with the remaining upper floor available for lease. The firm is relocating from its current offices 20 blocks away, giving it a slightly larger space for expansion. Application has been made for national historic registration for the building, and currently research is being conducted to try and trace the building’s history, Jones says.

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