MEMPHIS DAILY NEWS | PATRICK LANTRIP
Doug Carpenter, founder and principal of the creative communications consulting firm DCA, has bought a historic Downtown building he will convert into his company’s new office.
Originally built as a National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) distribution center, the circa-1910 building sits on roughly half an acre at 11 W. Huling Ave. in the South Main Arts District.
“From our efforts with projects from Tennessee Brewery’s Untapped and the Hickman Building to the reimagining of Loflin Yard, our engagement in Downtown’s transformation compelled me to own part of its history and its future,” Carpenter said.
The one-story building features 8,500 square feet of office space, 2,200 square feet of residential space, an outdoor courtyard and a rooftop deck with river views.
“I was enticed by the one-story office off the river with its original pine floors, exposed brick walls and beams, and roll-up garage doors; plus, a large private parking lot serves as a conven-ience to our East Memphis clientele who more and more frequently are drawn Downtown, as well,” he said.
The move will be completed by the end of the year.
Carpenter’s purchase comes amid growth at DCA, which recently added three new employees – account managers Elizabeth Ansbro and Abbie Gordon as well as public relations coordinator Henry Morris – to support its client roster.
“This is an investment in my business, an investment in Memphis; and I expect both investments will have a very high return,” Carpenter said.