Architect: HGA, Inc.
Owner: Juli Kaufmann and Joanne Sabir
Contractor: Catalyst Construction
This eclectic community market brings entrepreneurial opportunities, creates jobs and brings the community together in a revitalized historic bank.
The desired character of the space as described by the neighbors was expressive and eclectic. The predominant character is derived from two separate sources. First, a celebration of the existing building. The terra cotta walls, large steel beams, wood joists and concrete floors are left exposed. Openings in the exterior orange stone of the now enclosed drive-thru now host food service counters and a fireplace. The unique personality of each business is emphasized with individual layouts, material finishes and lighting. The yoga studio is calming with earthy tones and lots of daylight and the ice cream store is colorful and fun – its storefront adorned with hundreds of spoons. In the Apothecary, located in the former bank vault, you can find a cozy corner to have an intimate conversation over a warm cup of tea, while in the coffee shop you can sit amongst the buzz of activity with a view out to the busy street.
To achieve this on a very limited budget, the project leverages the use of donated, salvaged and reclaimed materials. The existing vault door is fixed open as a permanent feature in the space. Wood flooring from attic stock on another project reappears here on walls and ceilings, and directory signage is made from glass doors salvaged from the original bank.
This project encompasses the restoration of an existing building while providing a profound social impact for a community in an historically disinvested neighborhood. The shared spaces, from commercial kitchens to the community gathering spaces, bring the community together to celebrate a common ownership and long-lasting transformation.
Photos: John Magnoski Photography