To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of our renovation and remodel of this c. 1900 building, we’re showing a behind the scenes look at what it took to remove a hundred years of neglect and transform the structure to work for today. We took every effort to restore the original elements, such as the metal ceiling tiles, pine floors and brick walls and added new features in keeping with the former Belk department store’s original look and function.
The Exterior, Front
The Main Street facade as we found it was full of odd choices – glossy black granite tiles, a small residential door and an awkward round canopy awning. Our goal was a restoration of the building’s original exterior appearance in accordance with Town requirements, while adding new features needed for a thoroughly up to date look and function.
The Exterior, Back
The rear parking lot facade, an addition made sometime after the orginal building’s c. 1900 construction, was never intended to be “pretty”, but we made it our mission to create a attractive new face for this side.
The Interior, Front
When we purchased the building, the front area, a 14′-6″ high space, had an upper loft-like level built over a warren of small, low-ceilinged offices. We demolished this 1970’s construction to begin the restoration of the space which had originally been a department store.
The Interior, Back
This part of our building, a later addition made to the original c. 1900 building, was a plain, non-inspiring utilitarian space with 8’3″ ceilings. Our goal was to create a space that would be pretty for visiting customers as well as serve as an area for receiving shipments.
This attic area was never finished and served as a mechanical space with some storage. The roof was decayed, there was no insulation or natural light, and the ceilings were very low. Our challenge was to create a bright, sunny work space that would house our studio and also serve as a space for meeting with clients.
Our building at 223 Main Street is now our Showroom + Studio and is open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 – 2:00, or by appointment. We hope you’ll visit Fort Mill’s Main Street to enjoy the restaurants here as well as the new businesses that are opening!