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Kresge Building 2007

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The Kresge Building was built in 1928 and expanded in 1941. Its original Phillips Avenue façade and 1st floor interior were significantly modified in the 1980’s. The second floor has been vacant for over 20 years. Koch Hazard Architects is stepping in to restore the building to its original glory.

The project reconstructs the Phillips Avenue façade. The current Phillips Avenue storefront will be replaced with a reconstructed 1929/1941 storefront. Exterior improvements to the upper level will include windows retrofitted with insulated glazing, reconstruction of the limestone coping on the Phillips façade and a thorough tuckpointing and cleaning.

An elevator lobby will be created on Phillips Avenue to serve the second floor. The upper level will be fully rehabilitated, retaining the character defining central hallway with its intact woodwork and interior windows and two restored skylights. This level will be leased as office space. A new secluded rooftop garden space accessed from the upper level will add a significant amenity for new tenants.

The main level will continue to function primarily as office space with some potential for retail uses. The basement level will be cleaned and updated to provide secure long-term storage space for building tenants.

The renovation of the Kresge Building will significantly increase the usable space of the building and transform the current bland façade into the beautiful, richly detailed and well-scaled structure it once was.

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