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33 east

33 east

We found ourselves challenged again to rebirth a former auto dealership in downtown Greensburg that had been most recently used as a combination of peculiar office use and storage. Our client sought us out based on similar work and commissioned us to develop a bold concept that would attract tenants to a place with its own identity.

Confused about how to approach such a project, we were inspired by the mask of the Phantom of the Opera, intended to hide a scar without completely concealing the original identity. Throughout our usual iterative process, we developed a list of goals to meet to allow us a measurable design solution. The owner set out three targets: awnings over the windows to shield the tenant’s storefront, include a canopy over the entrance that will protect those who enter while giving identity to the entrance, and develop a method to integrate the customary tenant signage into the architectural response.

Our singular gesture addressed these three goals with an integrated design that masks the irreparable elements of the façade while giving a bright, bold identity to the façade. Everyone will know this address.

Custom Metal Fabricator: Technique AP
Masonry Restoration Contractor: Raimondo Masonry Restoration
General Canopy Construction and Interior Demo: Dennis Zipnock Construction

The façade completed Fall of 2019; the central corridor completed Summer of 2023 (see office tenant Railshop here)


mesh concept



central corridor (artwork remains)

original structure