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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 a quiet, but respectful voice. Currently the project is on hold and the building is for sale. Interested investors can contact the architect to be directed to the real estate agency.

Client: LKR Properties LLC
Contractor: Nissi Construction