||Bar / Restaurant
||Restoration / Buildout
This late 19th century building was built in the Italianate style. It has housed a saloon for all of its known life, most recently, the Phoenix Bar. When restoration started early in 2009 the entire building was vacant. While the majority of the building was in deteriorated but sound condition, the first floor and joists had to be entirely replaced. Façade windows, including the first floor transoms, were repaired and reglazed. A new storefront façade (below the transoms) was installed, the cornice repaired, the brick cleaned and existing trim painted. The original stamped tin ceiling in the bar was repaired with matching material (the tin ceiling is the only interior surface able to be retained). A rear one story “party room” addition, which was collapsing, was demolished and replaced with an exterior courtyard.
Located across the street from the city’s performing arts center, this building is a critical element in the aesthetics of the area. It is, however, a very small building and as such, an expensive investment in restoration. Core Resources, 3CDC, the bar’s owner, Ben Klopp and partners, and the architect, Beck Architecture, all exhibited remarkable dedication to preserving the building and restoring its viability.