Reviving the Past: Historic Commercial Renovation Projects with Avant Construction Group

In the tapestry of urban landscapes, historic commercial buildings stand as silent witnesses to bygone eras, each brick and beam telling a story of a different time. As Avant Construction Group, we recognize the significance of preserving these architectural gems while breathing new life into their spaces. In this blog, we dive into the realm of historic commercial renovation projects, exploring what makes them unique and the crucial considerations to undertake when embarking on this transformative journey.

A Symphony of Styles

Historic commercial buildings often boast a diverse range of architectural styles, from the grandeur of Victorian-era structures to the simplicity of mid-century modern design. Understanding and respecting the original aesthetic is paramount, ensuring that the renovation not only preserves but enhances the unique character of the building.

Unearthed Stories

Each historic commercial building carries within its walls the echoes of the past. Unearthing these stories requires a delicate balance between preserving historical elements and integrating modern functionality. Avant Construction Group specializes in harmonizing the old with the new, creating spaces that honor tradition while meeting contemporary needs.

Key Considerations for Historic Commercial Renovation

Thorough Site Assessment

Before the first brick is moved, a comprehensive site assessment is imperative. Our team meticulously examines the structural integrity, existing conditions, and potential challenges posed by historical materials. This sets the stage for a renovation plan that respects the building’s heritage.

Regulatory Compliance

Navigating the maze of regulations governing historic preservation is a nuanced dance. Avant Construction Group excels in understanding and adhering to local, state, and federal guidelines. This includes compliance with historic district regulations, zoning laws, and building codes, ensuring a seamless approval process.

Preservation of Historical Elements

Preserving the soul of a historic commercial building involves a keen eye for its unique features. Whether it’s ornate moldings, original flooring, or vintage fixtures, our team prioritizes the preservation of these elements. Restoration techniques are employed to breathe new life into historical features, maintaining their authenticity.

Modernization without Compromise

While honoring history is paramount, modernizing the space for contemporary functionality is equally crucial. Avant Construction Group excels in seamlessly integrating modern amenities such as energy-efficient systems, state-of-the-art technology, and sustainable design principles without compromising the building’s historical integrity.

Budgeting and Financing

Historic commercial renovation projects often come with unique budgeting challenges. Our blog wouldn’t be complete without addressing the financial considerations. Avant Construction Group collaborates closely with clients, providing transparent and detailed budgeting to ensure that the vision aligns with financial constraints.

Skilled Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship is the linchpin of successful historic renovations. Our team comprises skilled artisans and craftsmen adept at working with historical materials. From intricate woodwork to period-specific masonry, every detail is meticulously crafted to reflect the original aesthetic.

Community Engagement

Historic commercial buildings are integral to the fabric of communities. Avant Construction Group emphasizes community engagement throughout the renovation process. We foster open communication with stakeholders, seeking input and ensuring that the revitalized space resonates with the local community.

Showcase: The Crosby & Greenleaf Building

The Crosby and Greenleaf Building, located on the corner of Laura and Adams Street in Downtown Jacksonville, was built in the late 1920s to be the new home for Greenleaf & Crosby Co., a jewelry store, originally established just after the Civil War. It was designed by Marsh and Saxelbye, and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on March 15, 2005. The building was originally designed to be 6 stories, with the ability to go up to 12 stories. That plan never came to be, and, as it stands, the building is now 12 stories on the southern half of the building and only 2 stories on the northern side.

JWB Real Estate purchased the building in 2022 and hired Avant Construction Group to renovate the 7 stories of the building that they will be using for their offices. The project seamlessly blended the original Beaux-Arts architecture with modern design, creating a vibrant space that now houses a thriving business hub.

Showcase: Hardwick’s Bar

Avant Construction Group was hired by Hionides, of Petra – a boutique real estate and development firm, to do the complete renovation of the building at 100 East Adams Street, built in the Mediterranean Revival architectural style. The building was built in 1926 as one of twenty-six corner lots that were purchased throughout the city by the United Cigar Store. In recent history, the property has been home to establishments, like London Bridge and Burro Bar. Current owners Elias Hionides and Tim Hoal are doing a total renovation to the property, which will soon become Hardwicks Bar, the first LGBTQIA+ bar to open in Jacksonville in 20 years.

The Avant Touch: Elevating Historic Commercial Renovations in Jacksonville, FL

Avant Construction Group brings a unique blend of artistry, expertise, and dedication to every historic commercial renovation project. Our commitment goes beyond construction; it’s about curating spaces that honor the past while meeting the demands of the present and future to orchestrate transformations that transcend the ordinary.

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