Montgomery Building Spartansburg SC

Montgomery Building Spartansburg SC

Montgomery Building

Spartansburg SC

Montgomery Building Spartansburg SC Project Details

Project Awards:

  • Preservation South Carolina, Honor Award, 2021
  • Spartanburg County Historical Association, Peggy T. Gignilliat Preservation Award, 2021
  • Traditional Building Magazine, Palladio Award for Adaptive Reuse, 2021
  • CREW Upstate, Development Impact Award, 2019
  • ENR Southeast, Best Projects Award of Merit for Renovation / Restoration, 2019

In 1924 the Montgomery family, a very prominent family in Spartanburg’s textile manufacturing industry, commissioned Lockwood Greene to design and build the building. Completed in 1925, the 10-story Montgomery Building is one of the first Chicago-style construction projects ever built outside of Chicago.

In 2016, local developer BF Spartanburg came forward with a plan that city officials praised as a “next-level” catalyst for downtown Spartanburg. After engaging McMillan Pazdan Smith on a feasibility study, the development team created plans to restore the 92-year-old, iconic high-rise into a mixed-use retail, commercial, and residential project in the heart of the city’s central business district.

Our design team worked carefully with the National Park Service to meet their criteria for preserving and updating the building appropriately. The building façade’s pre-cast concrete panels were very innovative for their time, making it possibly the only remaining historic pre-cast Chicago-style building in the region. McMillan Pazdan Smith was able to source new concrete panels that replicate the old panels closely enough to receive approval in accordance with the building’s protected status on the National Historic Register of Places. Many of the building’s original Renaissance Revival style architectural details on the interior were also be preserved, including the decorative plaster ceilings and marble floors and walls. The renovated and restored Montgomery Building features 9,000 SF of select boutique retail stores and intimate restaurants on the ground floor. The second floor is dedicated office space, and the eight floors above are residential units, with approximately 92 one- and two-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 422 – 1,374 SF. The CM-At-Risk project was completed in 2019.

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“Work was underway on the Montgomery Building in Spartanburg, South Carolina, when a consultant with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office noticed a slight discrepancy between the original column capitals and a new capitol mold awaiting approval.”  ~Restoration of the Montgomery Building – Traditional Building Magazine

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Montgomery Building reconstruction to be honored by governor

For two decades, the 127,000-square-foot Montgomery Building, located along downtown Spartanburg’s North Church Street, remained vacant.

After years of neglect, the 10-story building’s precast concrete façade had deteriorated to the point that it was necessary to erect scaffolding along the buildings’ perimeter to protect pedestrians on the street from falling debris.

With the restorative hand of Harper General Contractors and design of McMillan Pazdan Smith, however, the Montgomery Building has reached new heights since its 2018 reconstruction.

On July 23, the team will be recognized by Gov. Henry McMaster in a ceremony at the Statehouse with Preservation South Carolina’s 2021 Honor Award.

“This is one of the most extraordinary projects that has ever been submitted,” Mike Bedenbaugh, president and CEO of Preservation South Carolina, said in a news release. “The challenges that had to be overcome with this building, most of the time, would have led to the demolition of other buildings. That’s why it deserves this award.”

Preservation South Carolina, the S.C. Department of Archives and History, and the governor’s office have recognized accomplishments in the preservation, rehabilitation and interpretation of the state’s architectural and cultural heritage with a series of awards since 1995.

In order to be considered, projects must have been completed, including all phases, within the last three years, made a positive impact on the community and the state, and achieve a degree of project difficulty while serving as an example of outstanding commitment to historic preservation and exemplary preservation techniques, according to the release.

Projects like this are why people like me become architects,” McMillan Pazdan Smith’s K.J. Jacobs, principal in charge and lead architect on the project, said in the release.

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Arch, Round Top, and Radius Window Builder

Round & Arc Top Windows

Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built to Order or Restored in Virginia by local craftsmen with historically accurate methods

Gepetto craftsmen have been restoring windows with half-round lights above the window or full arc keystone panes (pictured in next photo) for over 15 years.  Restoration of water rot or damaged sashes, or completely new solid wood replication to fit your historic Virginia home or church.  Gepetto uses a mixture of modern shop tools and hand assembly to speed the building process.  Historic homes of the 18th and 19th century relied heavily on the natural light from windows as remember it was either candles or oil lamps for light after the sun had hit the horizon.

Made with Love in the Blue Ridge Gepetto Craftsmen supply plantation house, row house, and all manner of 18th and 19th centrury historic replica windows.  Specifically hard to find are craftsmen skilled and trained to replicate or repair uniquely shaped round windows or upper window panes of various arc lengths.

 

Rounded Top Replica Historic Windows

Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built

If you are a homeowner who needs window service, it’s best to bring in a local contractor because Gepetto acually supplies local contractors.  If your local contrator or handyman seems shy to work with your historic wooden windows, have them give Matthew a call and we’ll be glad to assure them of the skills or techniques they would need to have the hardware fabricated at our millwork shop, and installed by them locally.  Our craftsmen are generally millwrights and while they can install windows, it’s simply not time efficient for us as most general contractors can do a good job.

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Historically Accurate Round Windows

Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built to Order or Restored in Virginia by local craftsmen with historically accurate methods
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built to Order or Restored in Virginia by local craftsmen with historically accurate methods

Arc top classic southern historic window builder supplying replacement windows from our Virginia shop.  Built by hand to historic standards and matching solid wood mortise and tennon construction of the original windows.  Whether it’s a specific wood rot, that just needs some restoration we can replace anthing from a section to the whole window.  Bring in a single sash to our shop in the blue ridge and we’ll gladly restore it by hand.  We have also handled large scale commercial restorations supplying as many as 900 sashes (450 windows and frames) to a single building historic restoration.

Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built to Order or Restored in Virginia by local craftsmen with historically accurate methods
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built to Order or Restored in Virginia by local craftsmen with historically accurate methods
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built to Order or Restored in Virginia by local craftsmen with historically accurate methods
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built to Order or Restored in Virginia by local craftsmen with historically accurate methods
Arch & Round Top Radius Wooden Windows Custom Built

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Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements

Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements

Interior Sacral Solid Wood Elements

  • Pulpits on stage and elevated
  • Ambo, Lecturn, or Large Tables
  • Railings and Banisters
  • Pews and Kneelers
  • Stoup or Holy Water Font Stand
  • Wooden Chancel Rail
  • Nave or Choir Screens
  • Retable, Grandine, Profile Shelves
  • Reredos & Decorative Framed Panels
  • Aumbry or Sacrament Cupbord
  • Ciborium Boxes
  • Alms Basin or Offering Plates
  • Custom Designed Cross

Exterior Architectural Elements:

  • Belfry / Campanile
  • Steeple Shop Built
  • Spire Restoration Parts
  • Facade trim
  • Decorative Lintels
  • Pediments
  • Tympanum Adornments
  • Stave Church Milled Beams
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements
Historic Church Restoration Wooden Doors & Decorative Elements

Historic Wooden Windor Restoration for Churches

Gepetto produces more wooden windows with a historic certification than any other shop on the east coast.  Our entire shop floor layout has been organized for efficiency while producing unique sizes for every opening common to historic restoration projects.  The staff at Gepetto are skilled at meeting extensive deadlines and handling the sensative old, rotten, or water damaged windows that were removed from your church.  If you are planning a full restoration of a historic building, Matthew can meet any of your project demands as high as 100 windows a month

One Window Repair – Single Sash Restoration

If the damage is not too severe, we can rebuild individual parts at a much lower cost.  You may text message images directly to Matt’s cellphone at 804-938-2094 for a quick assessment of individual windows in your church.  If you catch rot or water damage early, even just a single sash can be sent in to our shop for restoration.  Our guys are experienced in every element of building solid wood windows, and using historic methods of glazing the window panes.  We have supplied projects across Virginia like Historic Williamsburg, Norfolk, Alexandria, Petersburg, and Richmond.  Our solid wood window reputation spread as far north as warehouse and hotel renovations in Baltimore and we have delivered thousands of historically accurate window frames and sashes to Spartansburg SC and Columbia SC as South Carolina refurbishes it’s historic buildings reclaiming urban spaces like the Bull St. District.

Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches
Wooden Window Restoration for Historic Churches

supplying historic restoration millwork

Matt Wiley has 20+ years of experrience building historic homes and large scale commercial restoration projects.  Matthew’s father taught and trained him in the carpentry and building trades from 12 years old and on. As his father was a general foreman builing residential homes Matt was trained in lumber calculation for project management in his early teens.  Time saving job order, and the use of custom made ‘jigs’ to speed repetitive tasks was taught and practiced from Matt’s formative years.  Matt moved from the rural hills of western virginia to Richmond’s most historic district – Church Hill before it was popular.  Building the late 90’s and early 2000’s in Church Hill Matthew found a severe shortage in historically accurate building materials that caused a project management problem in restoring the row houses of the 19th century.  From balusters to windows, historically correct materials where nearly unavailailable and using vinyl windows in a beautiful 3 story six digit home just did not keep the aestetic alive.

And in a beautiful turn of fate Matthew had the opportunity to buy “Beckstoffer’s Millwork” at 1207 N 28th Street in the early 2000’s.  At that point the facility was 100 years old and many of the tools and records were still in tact.  The formative experience of a lifelong craftsman was now turned to the speciaty that provides a lifetime of challenge and project variety.  Throughout the real estate boom and urban return of the 2000’s Matthew ran a shop of 20+ employees supplying everything from basic kitchens to historic retrofits of much of Tobacco Row warehouse conversions.  In the full market stop of the financial crisis of 09; Matthew’s operation had to re-size with the rest of the industry and it was the demand for historically accurate building supplies that carried Matthew’s interest, as well as cashflow.

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The Tax Reform Act of 1986

Regulations provide a federal income-tax credit for owners of historic buildings that undergo substantial rehabilitations into income-producing uses. A credit equal to 20% of a rehabilitation’s qualified rehabilitation expenditures may be subtracted directly from the owner’s federal income taxes. A program of the National Park Service (NPS), the federal tax credits are administered by the State.

 

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Museum Restoration Builder Virginia

Museum Restoration Builder Virginia

Museum Restoration Builder Virginia

Wood Craft Supplier for Mount Vernon Estate

Gepetto Millworks of Richmond VA is proud to have supplied many of the museum quality restoration woodworking pieces for instalation at the historic estate of George Washington. 

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Museum Restoration Builder Virginia
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Restoration Builders of Virginia’s History

As both the birthplace of the American Colony, and the capital of the much disputed Confederate states Virginia’s counties, cities and towns hold the richest living history of any state in the Union.  Gepetto craftsmen fashion historically accurate windows for private homes in historic neighborhoods like Church Hill, or The Fan in Richmond, as well as historic communities like the

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Museum Restoration Builder Virginia
Museum Restoration Builder Virginia
Museum Restoration Builder Virginia
Museum Restoration Builder Virginia

PREAPPROVED hand crafted details

To finish the fences in an historically authentic look and feel, Gepetto Craftsmen used hand cut templates emulating the mistakes a 1700’s carpenter might have made in the process of fashioning hundreds of newell posts.  The post tops are cut from solid pieces just like 200 years ago.  However, our craftsmen are accustomed to 21st century levels of detail and repeatability and work with some of the highest quality machine tools – to produce the same result craftsmen working with steel that had only been tempered by a blacksmith 200+ years ago.  The post tops were cut with varying templates to give a pre-approved – hand fashined look and feel allowing the museum historians as much input as possible in their final product.

Contact Matthew for creative working solutions to achieve your museum quality restoration.

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Made To Order Wooden Door Washington DC Capitol Region

Solid Wood Door Custom Designed Richmond

The process: 1. Call Matthew, and talk through your needs (click to call) – good old fashioned customer service by a master craftsman.  Ask us about our proprietary laminate system for building enhanced engineered solid wood beams to last in the mid-atlantic humidity and heat.  Ask about the latest high efficiency and energy conserving coated glass technologies from Solar Eclipse when you specify them to prevent UV damage indoors and provide that energy efficient envelope saving you cooling costs.  Ask Matthew about anything else he would consider. 2. We will do a site visit to examine your rot or any structural problems that may be occuring (if applicable). With photos and measurements from your existing structure we take your rough sketch and make it into a “shop drawing” – which is a specific architectural drafting that accounts for the special assembly needs of wood. The shop drawing is drafted by our specifically trained engineering architect to account for the structural characteristics of responsible solid wood construction.  Your deposit accounts for the drawings, and purchase of the specific species of wood to build your door.

Virginia Custom Door Builder working

Virginia Custom Door Builder working

3. Your lumber hits the shop, and our experienced craftsmen guide your wood from rough hewn lumber into finely trued finished members.  It may appear to be an easy process, but the grain structure of the lumber can cause warping, curvature, and stress deformations over time if not accounted for.  A factory door does not account for the hidden shape of the wood used to build your door.  So if you’re finding that your brand new home’s door is no longer shutting in the first long humid stretch of the summer, well – that’s likely why.  A door in direct sunlight can hit surface temperatures over 200F which is enough to boil water and so the temperature gradient alone is enough to warp an internally unstable beam. 3. Experienced craftsmen will be out to install your door.  Finish carpentry only works in three dimensions and 3 cubed makes for a lot of variables that can trip up the inexperienced, so our craftsmen come out to handle it.

Full wood door hand joinery Virginia

We are a custom wood door and interior millwork builder that specializes in building custom solid wood doors the old fashioned way, fitting wood to wood by hand. Naturally air dried raw lumber is hand selected piece by piece to create solid wood door designs that are guaranteed to outlast our lifetimes. Enhance the beauty of your interior or exterior with entryways built by master craftsmen and inspired by history.  You can see our work from the historic halls of the Catholic University of America to the placid shores of the Chesapeake bay historic homes. [ninja_form id=9]

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Chesapeake Bay Wood Door Builder

Made To Order Wooden Door Washington DC Capitol Region

Made To Order Wooden Door Capitol Region

Made To Order Wooden Door Washington DC Capitol Region

Made To Order Wooden Door Capitol Region