A stunning example of adaptive reuse, a 1970s Pittsburgh police bureau now holds the Schoolhouse brand’s newest retail space and co-working offices for local companies.
Pittsburgh's newest trendy coworking space may owe its existence to an Uber driver's wrong turn. When Brian Faherty, founder of Portland, Oregon–based Schoolhouse, was paying a site visit to Pittsburgh's Ace Hotel, where his company had designed some lighting, he stumbled upon an architectural gem: "While we were in Pittsburgh, we were looking for a potential space for retail or distribution, something in addition to our store in Tribeca, and really were looking for something akin to what we have in Portland, like a brick turn-of-the-century factory," Faherty tells AD PRO.
The Detective Building, which hosts a Schoolhouse Electric store, co-working space, and coffee shop, will help fund improvements to the fast-developing East Liberty neighborhood.
A dilapidated police bureau becomes the Schoolhouse’s third retail store and so much more.
We’re thrilled to announce the 2018 Portland Architecture Awards recipients!
Brian Faherty has a passion for the past.
After discovering and restoring a long-lost collection of cast-iron, glass shade molds inside an old storage warehouse, the Portland, Ore.-based entrepreneur founded Schoolhouse Electric to create his own line of lighting and lifestyle products that transcend time and trends.
Can you build an exceptionally sustainable office center at market rate? This $28.4 million, 85,540-square-foot Portland, Ore., office center replies with a resounding “yes.”
Every year when Halloween rolls around, I’m reminded how Portland lacks a solid lineup of themed bars. Luckily, last month, seemingly overnight, an old Victorian house on North Mississippi (recently home to a short-lived sandwich shop) got all dressed up in black and neon red and took the name Psychic.
We’re making progress on the Michigan Coliving project, which brings to life a concept that’s been near and dear to us since we first met the team from OpenDoor several years ago: creating communal spaces and shared resources in order to lower the per-unit cost and create a better living experience for everyone involved.
The Michigan project incorporates an existing home into a brand-new coliving development in the Boise neighborhood of Portland. Overall, we believe this kind of offering is a great alternative to traditional studios and one-bedroom apartments for the neighborhood and the city as a whole, as it will offer attractive units at below-market rent rates while providing those who live there with a community space that is utilized and activated to the fullest degree possible.
We’ll be showing the progress we’re making on the Michigan project – from laying the groundwork to the finished project – on Instagram, so take a look there to see how it’s coming along.
A new coffee shop from the operators of The Vandal in Lawrenceville is headed to East Liberty, in conjunction with the Portland, Ore.-based Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Owner Joey Hilty and business partner Emily Slagel are calling it The Bureau, a cafe within the high-end lighting, housewares and furnishings store, opening at the end of October.
Psychic Bar is equal parts witchy and welcoming.
Seen from the sidewalk along Lincoln Street, the 1907 Craftsman-style house in Southeast Portland, Ore., looks entirely traditional, with its covered porch, shake siding and exposed roof beams.
Ranch was the first to go all-in, first in Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock’s lava lamp of a bar Poison’s Rainbow (344 N.E. 28th Ave.), then with a restaurant of their own on Northeast Dekum Street.
One of our most recently completed projects is the Old Germantown remodel, which consisted primarily of finish work and modernizing this 1980s-era home. We collaborated with Jones Architecture to complete the project quickly; as Jones Architecture put it, “… there’s nothing like the arrival of a new child to create a real deadline.” Jones began design work in September, and Owen Gabbert LLC completed construction by the end of February – right before baby was born. Here’s some more from the Jones Architecture e-newsletter about the remodel:
When RareBird invited us to talk at their monthly Investor Network Meeting about community-focused development, we jumped at the opportunity. At Owen Gabbert LLC, we work carefully to consider the impact that every one of our projects will have on the people and spaces nearby; being conscious of community is a part of how we develop, no matter the size of the project.
We started off our discussion by introducing a concept that is integral to how we work: community-conscious infill. What exactly is it?
Community-conscious infill is composed of four elements:
- Intentional: we set the goal – of incorporating the existing or desired community – from the outset.
- Innovative: we must be able to visualize and handle the project constraints from new angles.
- Collaborative: we know partnerships make quality projects work, so we need to work together.
- Considerate: we have to consider our impact on the people and the space around us.
When we work in this manner, we’re able to add value to projects in unique and powerful ways. For example, we can increase density while maintaining neighborhood character like we did with the B3 project. Here, we added a third unit in the backyard of a Mississippi Duplex without demolishing an existing home and maximized underutilized space by reclaiming an overgrown backyard and engaging the alley.
On a much larger scale, we incorporated this way of thinking into One North, which was a collaboration between two development teams across three buildings. What’s more, this unique urban infill office and retail development space incorporates a large communal area (14,000-square-foot public courtyard) that creates a shared amenity for those who work, live, and play both in the building and in the nearby neighborhoods.
Moving forward, we’re excited to leverage communal spaces and shared resources on an even bigger scale in order to lower the per-unit cost and create a better living experience for everyone involved. This concept will come to life in the Michigan Coliving project, which incorporates an existing home into a brand-new coliving development. Overall, we believe this kind of offering is a great alternative to traditional studios and one-bedroom apartments for the neighborhood and the city as a whole, as it will offer attractive units at below-market rent rates while providing those who live there with a community space that is utilized to the fullest degree possible. Stay tuned on the OGLLC blog for more information about this upcoming project as we break ground in the coming month.
For proof, check out the brand-new Poison’s Rainbow, from Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock and the Title Bout bar group, with food by Ranch Pizza. Yes, there are probably about $5,000-worth of terrariums inside, and yes, the art budget may be unusually high, but with a basic, goofy, and reasonably priced drink menu and excellent food for sharing, Poison’s Rainbow already feels like another comfy neighborhood spot, albeit two notches cooler.