Kevin Krumdieck, Paul Thometz, and Cisterra
Commercial Rehabilitation Award
As many of you know, in 1999, SOHO won an unprecedented settlement agreement, which governs the preservation of an eleven-block warehouse area. Centered on J Street, this area is once again bustling with urban energy and new mixed-use projects housed in the former warehouses. At Seventh Avenue and J, 80% of the building was saved of the two-story, concrete Western Drug Company building, from 1927, have been preserved and incorporated into Sempra Energy's high-rise headquarters. The corner office tower is set back to allow the historic façades to give the project authenticity and human scale at street level.
Another part of the Sempra project involved restoring the exterior of the five-story Bledsoe Company Furniture building, which was constructed in 1925 at Seventh and Island Avenues, and is adjacent to the new tower. The interior of the cavernous furniture warehouse has been renovated and continues to provide housing. The jury applauded these projects, which are clustered around Seventh Avenue at Island and J Street, for helping to enhance a sense of place in the Warehouse District and reinforcing the historic J Street corridor.
The Commercial Rehabilitation Award goes to Kevin Krumdieck, Paul Thometz, and Cisterra.
Photo of award winners by Sandé Lollis (Pictured left to right - Paul Johnson of Johnson & Johnson Architecture, Paul Thometz of Cisterra, and Kevin Krumdieck of Carrier Johnson); all others courtesy award winners
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