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Handicraft building getting new tenant and a new look

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A sketch of the new look ofthe west half of the Handicraft building, designed by Hobbs and Black. 1
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BY RAY Sllilfl’ 1 quare-foot third floor of the west- Hobbs and Black will feature six
BUSINESS-IABOR REPORTER ern part of the building. That floor large bay windows extending over
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y will thus become home to Triad the second and third floors to re-
Whrh las* Week an' r
no ced its entry into the residerr~°~Regear¢h~ .».f °~~a ~» g~ »_».
tial mortgage field here after y€a1`S Services and Tri-Corp Securities. University Cellars portion.
of specializlng :ln cogldggrisxnétlalm _ Triad, lat=nchedt1n$981,lspec1al- More Windows will be added
mor gages, is _ ow _ _ g IZQS 1n rea es a e_ eve opmen , along the West Wan, overlooking
plans to move this coming July into management, marketing, sales . ~
~ _ , _ the parking lot. A highlight- of the
part of the former Handicraft Fur- and fmancmg It has 25'empl°yeeS° new look will be a glass elevator on
niture building, over Regency Sav- While the mortgage subsidiaryis - >~ h ~u
_ B k f rm rl U Q M Sav i T _ _C _ S it, the front of the building Wh1C wi
lugs an » ° e Y '* ~. _° n;"f"h is E Il; °r¥;)l @°“f_f1°l§» provide a view of the park across
mgs° _ _ . W lc, e Inj", escn es as a u the street. The inside of the build-1
The exterior of the building, at service securities broker/dealer. _ . . _ d, d
_ _ __e, ing IS also being largely gutte _ an
339 East Liberty Street ]ust east of Meanwhile, Triad will lease out redone Parksconstruction of Ann
_ Division Street, is getting e new the second floor, also 6,000 square p Arboris doing the building " 9
look by Hobbs & Bleek AI‘Chit€CtS feet. The man to talk to about that
that will distinguish it from the oth- will be Jack Lepard, owner _of the _ The Handicraft building was put
erhalf ofthe b\1ildiI1g,0CCUpied by building and former Handicraft up in 1919 and has already gone
University Cellars, says Ronald L- Furniture owner, who also happens through seven renovations and ad~
D\1P1`eY, Tried president- The lnl' to work for Triad as a property ditionsto accommodate' the furni-
1°0Ve¥nentS will include 3 glass mana er. The second and third ture* com and ’s rowth. Six of
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elevatef- floors have been vacant since the those occurred 1n the '1920s and
Triad is moving, along with its furniture store closed in July 1983. 1930s. The copper facade was add-
affiliated companies, into the 6,000- s The new facade designed by edj_n1963_
V The Handicraft building in 1925... -~-And In the late l950s- '