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TRU Bankers Hill

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  Historic Preservation

This adaptive re-use project is made up of 3 buildings. The Spanish and Art Deco buildings were originally built in 1926 + 1938 by Louis John Gill and the Brutalist concrete building was built in 1965 by Homer Delawie.

Located in the vibrant community of Bankers Hill, the three historic buildings on the city block between Hawthorne and Grape St. previously stood as the Sharp Rees Steely Medical Clinic. After being tasked with retrofitting over 30,000 square feet of medical offices into residential units, Phase 1 of this unique community transformed these two buildings into 46 Studio and One-bedroom apartments, a Penthouse Unit, Mostra Cafe, and a bustling Lobby and Courtyard area. The overall renovation preserved the two distinct building architectural styles. The first, with its Spanish Eclectic style, features restored lighting fixtures and wrought iron details, mixed with bespoke touches like penny tile flooring, custom tile work and wood slat paneling throughout the Common areas. The second building, in the Art Deco style, features restored architectural columns and cornice work along the front facade. Original exposed concrete walls are seen throughout the interior of the building. Each new living space is thoughtfully designed with stylishly appointed premium finishes and modern amenities.

Phase 2 of this unique community features 29 thoughtfully designed Studios and One-Bedroom apartments, along with Two-Bedroom, Two-Story Townhomes. Considering the transformation of over 27,000 square feet of enclosed medical offices into residential units, the challenge to create living spaces open to fresh air and light created an unconventional solution. The building volume is divided into three with the middle core being demolished to create a courtyard allowing light to flow to the Units. The inner courtyard facade is overlooked by oversized windows maximizing light exposure and spanning structural beams supporting the divided building.The Brutalist concrete style is preserved in the front facade and Units with exposed original concrete walls and ceiling joists. New interior steel structural beams compliment these timeless concrete details.


2001 4th ave

Project Owner/Developer:
HG Fenton

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Project Architect/Designer:
Community. A Design Collective

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