1402 Jim Hamilton Boulevard, Curtiss-Wright Hangar
Owners: Hangar Owner LLC (Will Brennan, Robert Lewis, Scott Linaberry and Chris Rogers)
Architect: Brennan Works
Contractor: Buchanan Construction
Constructed in 1929, the Curtiss-Wright Hangar remains one of the few extant and unmodified examples of a Curtiss-Wright designed hangar in the United States. During its early years, the building boasted not only entertainment air shows, but also visits from Amelia Earhart and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Developers retained the character defining elements of the historic structure and integrated them into the building's new use, including the large sliding door, exposed metal trusses and window frames. A new roof, which is a near match to the original, and new panes of glass are among the few things that were replaced during the process. The hangar is now home to Hunter-Gatherer Brewery.
2238 Sumter Street, Indah Coffee/Circa Barber Shop
Owner: Cason Development Group
Architect: Seed Architecture (John Powell)
Contractor: Montgomery Construction Company
Built for Dunn Electric in the early 1940s, the structure at 2238 Sumter Street continues to serve the evolving Cottontown neighborhood. The building's façade was retained, bricked-up windows re-opened, and the Dunn Electric mural signage restored. The front-most retail space was redesigned for use by Indah Coffee as an open-concept coffee counter. Overhead, the original ceiling frames and bow truss roof structure were exposed to open the space and showcase the construction methods typical of the era. In addition to Indah Coffee's first brick and mortar establishment, 2238 Sumter also houses Circa Barber Shop.
1621 Main Street, The Grand/Robinson Building
Owner: G. Scott Middleton
Architect: Lambert Architecture
Contractor: Mashburn Construction
From grocers to retailers to Columbia's leading Vaudeville house, the Robinson Building has undergone multiple transformations since its construction in 1866. Now home to The Grand, 1619-1621 Main Street has been restored to showcase rich historical detailing, both inside slip-over façade and out. The façade, which was previously covered by wood, was restored and given a decorative wood cornice as well as "eyebrows" over the second-story windows. Restoring the significant historic fabric of the building, the wooden trusses (damaged in a recent fire) were cleaned and restored and new tongue and groove decking was added. The Robinson Building is now home to a boutique bowling alley, The Grand, on the ground floor and a luxury apartment on the second story.
2025 Barnwell Street, The Parker Annex
Owner: Diversified Development, Inc.
Architect: Studio 2LR (Gretchen Lambert)
Contractor: Hood Construction (exterior) / Buchanan Construction (interior)
Constructed around 1910 as over ow housing for the State Hospital, the Parker Annex is the last remaining building on the Bull Street campus built exclusively for African American patients. The large double-hung windows, original to the building, were saved and restored during the renovation. The interior of the building was badly damaged from years of neglect. When the second-floor ceiling was removed, the original wooden roof trusses were revealed and discovered to be mostly intact. Because of this, the decision was made not to reinstall a ceiling. Instead, the space in between the first and second floors was left open, exposing the overhead piping as well as the underside of the second-story floorboards. This building is now used for commercial office space.
2428 Main Street, Wilson Upholstery Building/Studio 2LR
Owner: Noma Properties (Gretchen Lambert)
Architect: Studio 2LR Contractor: Buchanan Construction
The former Wilson Upholstery Building now houses the offices of Studio 2LR, an architecture and interiors firm. The building's old garage doors were removed and replaced with storefront windows and a new entry door. Painted signage from the days of Wilson Upholstery was maintained on the exterior of the building as a nod to the past. The steel windows were abated, refurbished and reinstalled in their original openings. The concrete slab flooring was cleaned but kept as-is to show the character acquired over years of use.