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136 south pa avenue

136 south pa avenue

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Our part of the story of this landmark building begins after it had suffered through neglect that cost it its signature balconies. Although our client had good intentions to renovate it to return it to a contributing portion of South Pennsylvania Avenue with a program of student housing and a first floor commercial tenant, the past could not be recreated. Knowing that restoration of the façade would not include its signature features, our office developed an alternate solution to balance elements of Main Street vocabulary, budgets, and client preferences. A new FRP cornice covers the damage between the upper floors while new storefront signage lends a contemporary flair while covering another area of past damage. Window replacement and a new storefront and doors add to the fresh and energy saving appearance. The entrance is marked with a new aluminum canopy. Overall the façade renovation is intended to be quiet, but a respectful voice. Our client sold the building, to which it was sold again and is being developed by a new owner with another architecture firm. We are glad it is finding new life.

Client: LKR Properties LLC
Contractor: Nissi Construction