Sitting alone and becoming derelict, the former Pennsylvania Ave. Firehouse was a building in search of a reason to remain. Casino Reinventment Development Authority decided to restore and repurpose the structure as an office building.
The interior was reconfigured, within the original shell, for office space, retaining the historic exterior which has been restored to its Victorian splendor. The modern addition on the side accommodates meeting spaces, circulation, and new restrooms, while providing contrast to the traditional building.
With the adjoining building taken down, the Los Amigos building was beginning to lean seriously and was in imminent danger of collapse. The faded paint and plywood covered windows added to the shabby look of the structure.
The building was reconstructed, with only partial demolition, on a smaller, more functional scale. The exterior was designed to provide an iconic presence on Atlantic Avenue. Eye popping colors combine to bring the excitement of a Mexican restaurant to the street.
This multi-family building sat unnoticed along a major road. Bland color and a boxy form allowed the building to be ignored.
New forms, colors, and landscaping have been combined to make the building pop. The forms and colors start on the front facade and continue down the drive side, where the entrances have been relocated. The multi-toned color scheme emphasizes the interplay of light and shadow. The remodeled structure has taken its place as a significant part of the streetscape.
Built as a mid-century motor court style motel, little had changed in the ensuing half century. The structure was well maintained, but looking dated.
A fresh color scheme, iconic entry towers, and new metal roofs provide the motel with street presence and a warm, welcoming feeling that is up to date. The remodeled style allows the motel to compete with adjacent casino buildings.