Expansion of a historic building is always a challenge. All too often we see perfectly sound buildings setting vacant because they are “space obsolete”, “inadaptable” or simply “too old”. In most cases they can be salvaged, and yes, they can be salvaged economically. An addition that is sympathetic to the original character of the building can place an abandoned building back in service.
When a building is renovated and placed back in service, it not only preserves the original shell for future generations, but it can add property value back to tax roles, provide a unique working environment and act as a catalyst to spur new economic growth in the immediate area. These old buildings were an integral part of the community for many years and can continue to contribute for years to come.
First, we try to place any addition on a secondary elevation, preferably the rear of a building. This addition to an early 1900’s building is not an attempt to “match” original construction. Matching the brick is impossible, so it would look like a failed attempt. We selected a brick to blend with the original. The lower brick string course was carried around the addition as well as aligning the new fascia with the tops of original windows. New windows are a little different in size and their placement does not coincide with the old.
When you first glance at the building, hopefully you will visualize the original building, the addition being somewhat ignored. Upon examination, there is no doubt an addition has been made, but it does not create a distraction. When this building renovation is complete it should again be a viable partner in the community for another 100 years.