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THE STEELWORKS ADAPTIVE REUSE

2827 John R is an adaptive reuse project of an historic carriage house in Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood. 17 years ago the carriage house was victim to a devastating fire, leaving the building damaged and open to the elements. It has since remained in this state of disrepair and was recently slated for demolition by the City. Thanks to the vision of a local property owner, who has worked and rehabbed a number of historic homes in this neighborhood for almost 30 years, committed to its revitalization, this building will at last become something new -- something special again.

The ground floor will become a new restaurant and bar, occupying the existing carriage house and second floor lounge and a dining room fronting on John R and Alfred Streets. Emphasis will be given to maintaining and preserving the existing facades and architectural character of the highly articulated masonry skin. Above this existing brick shell, will be a series of new, luxury, residential flats and lofts. Each with a unique footprint and outdoor terrace with folding glass walls to bring the outdoors in on those perfect Detroit summer days. With a goal to bring a new housing typology to the quickly changing landscape of Brush Park. This project embraces its rich history as a means to adapt to a brighter future.

 

PROJECT: THE STEELWORKS ADAPTIVE REUSE MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT
LOCATION: GRAYS FERRY - PHILADELPHIA, PA
STATUS: ONGOING

This new development at 47th and Paschall Avenue in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry neighborhood looks to adapt an existing iron shop into a new mixed-use residential building. The project preserves the iron shop as the development's front door, creating a rich and raw space to be reused as lobby, amenity and a new restaurant/brewery. The 8-story tower provides 124 residential suites, with a mix of studios, one bedroom and two bedroom units.