301 North Queen Street
Transforming this large corner property from a district judicial office to a first-floor restaurant with apartments above, while preserving the historic features of the building, called for integrating original design elements while implementing changes to the exterior and floor plans.
By restoring the historic wood and glass storefront, the street level restaurant is now a bright, inviting space and a focal point of the city block. Old drop ceilings were replaced with a fire-rated ceiling that met codes for mixed commercial/residential use, while non load-bearing walls were removed and the exposed cast-iron support columns were incorporated into the restaurant design. The upper level apartments integrate the character of historic features, including walnut handrails and antique elevator equipment.