The Project of the Year for a historic commercial remodel in 2013 was awarded to J & K Holdings, LLC for the rehabilitation and historic preservation work of the 1937 commercial building located at 303 Elk Avenue. The Board commended Andrew Hadley of Andrew Hadley Architects, and Laird and Gross Builders for the sensitivity of this unique historic structure. Their collective attention to detail in the rehabilitation on the project as a whole was greatly appreciated.
The majority of the work was interior, which preserved the beautiful tin ceiling tiles and wood floors. The owner was quite adamant about revitalizing the transom windows beneath the awning on the South elevation, which restored the front facade to what would have been historically seen in 1937. A restorative paint job and placement of required roof penetrations for ventilation were also sensitive to visibility of this important historic structure in the Elk Avenue business district. The rear ADA ramp, although not historic, was reconstructed to ensure safety and accessibility on the North.
This building, originally owned by the Colorado Supply Company, a subsidiary of Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF &I), was rebuilt in 1937 after a devastating fire. The building is constructed of cinder blocks of which the cinders came from the CF & I coke ovens and Lyle McNeill and his brother fashioned them with a hand press. This rehabilitation was very respectful of the building’s history and the Board was proud to award this.
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