di loretoARCHITECTURE's Scandinavian Cultural Center here
Owner: Jim Kelly
Area: 70,000 sf
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the 1902/1917 Neustader Building was in disrepair when Rejuvenation Inc., a lighting manufacturer of period fixtures, purchased it for their offices, production facility and retail store. The design inserts within the existing shell, a natural progression of ground floor retail, second floor production and third floor corporate offices. Originally constructed for the Neustader Brothers Garment Company, the building is actually two 50'x 200' structures sharing a common wall. To connect the two structures a large opening was cut into the shared wall and reinforced with steel. Above, a clerestory window was re-opened to allow light to filter to the heart of the first floor retail below. Miscellaneous platforms and mezzanines were removed from the interior while the exterior was cleaned and restored to its original condition following the Secretary of the Interior's standards for Historic Preservation.