EXCEPTIONAL URBAN HOMES
"Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest;
the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go
forth from it. "
~Rainer Maria Rilke
SoHo was once one. So were Tribeca, Venice and Philly's Old City. These former gritty, edgy neighborhoods have been transformed one building at a time. So it begins with old firestation #2 located at 5th and Morrill in the East Fourth corridor of Reno.
This architecturally significant streamline moderne art deco building began life in 1953 as a firestation for the city of Reno. Streamline moderne emphasizes lines that stream horizontally and are often characterized with curved corner surfaces. How fortunate we feel to have a building like this in Reno! The building fell into disrepair after becoming a homeless shelter for a number of years---and then vacant for a few years after that. That is when we swooped in and saved this beauty.
In a mega effort to bring life and energy into a once abandoned and long forgotten building we effectively recreated this building into a mixed use masterpiece. A 5,000 square foot salon and bagel shop occupy most of the bottom floor and nine residential lofts fill the rest of the space. This unique mix has transformed this blighted street into an urban oasis where the "vibe" is definitely big city, yet small town.
Residences include original concrete floors, custom glass mosaic tile work, washer/dryers in each unit, state of the art high efficiency heating and cooling system and a cool sleeping loft. Ten to twelve foot ceilings and gigantic windows fill every loft with views of the city and mountains. On the exterior we have included a beautiful rooftop deck for our residents, organic garden spaces and drought tolerant urban landscaping. This project was completed in 2009 and is the subject of many local and national articles on adaptive reuse and sustainability.
the firehouse before...