Move Studios

Move Studios

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

With the help of a visionary owner and the City of Monterey, the dilapidated historic Union Ice facility at 600 East Franklin Street was transformed into Move Studios, a state-of-the-art dance and movement center.

As designed by WRD Architects, the newly restored buildings feature high ceilings, abundant natural light, traditional basket-woven sprung floors, spacious reception areas, and six uniquely-designed studios to accommodate the diverse dance styles taught within the 8,000-square-foot space.

As both a building owner and a dancer who learned ballet while living in France, Monterey-born Kristin Minnich realized her dream of creating a vibrant dance studio to inspire teens and adults. Her direct involvement with flooring, finishes, lighting and audio selections resulted in a unique, high-performance space designed by a dancer for dancers.

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Café Trieste

Café Trieste

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects worked closely with the property owner and the City of Monterey to remodel a fire-damaged historic building with existing restaurant use on the ground floor and offices on the second floor.

A change of use was approved to convert the second floor to residential units, and WRD designed three upscale apartments consisting of two studio units and a single one-bedroom unit. The ground floor was reconfigured to accommodate a new commercial restaurant tenant, Café Trieste. The facade remodel restored the building’s original character through the use of color and materials that showcase its historic Victorian detailing.

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Holman Building

Holman Building

Location

Pacific Grove, CA

Project Type

Built in 1924, the Holman Building has seen a myriad of uses: the most famous being Holman’s Department Store, which was immortalized in John Steinbeck’s book “Cannery Row.” Over the years, the building was remodeled with disregard to its past and ultimately fell upon serious disrepair. WRD Architects was selected to renovate the building and restore it to its former glory.  The building includes 25 luxury condominiums on the upper floors, with a ground-floor restaurant and basement-level parking garage.

The redesign includes the reinstallation of the original three-part Chicago-style windows with large fixed-center panels flanked by two smaller double-hung sash windows.  The historic grid pattern of windows on the facade is continued around the entire building with added balconies, which showcase stunning bay and mountain views.  The facade is now restored to match the detailing from the 1920’s with its original beauty and glamour.

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Historic East-West Courthouse Renovation

Historic East-West Courthouse Renovation

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

Described by County of Monterey Project Manager Judy Jeska as the “Jewel of the County,” the East-West building sits on a site that has functioned as a county seat of government for nearly 140 years.  WRD Architects transformed the interiors of this existing 1937 WPA-era courthouse into a new headquarters for the Monterey County District Attorney.

Special care was taken to refurbish the National Registry listed building with steel windows replaced and painted to their original “Agean green.”  At the rear of the building, a new skybridge connects the three-story West Wing with the two-story East Wing.  The first floor will include a law library and a cafe.

WRD provided full architectural services from project inception including programming, needs assessment, development guidelines, and master planning. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018.

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Tanimura & Antle's Wharf Marketplace

Tanimura & Antle's Wharf Marketplace

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

A showcase in adaptive reuse, WRD Architects transformed Monterey’s old Southern Pacific Railroad passenger station into a local marketplace featuring Monterey County produce and artisanal foods.  Inspired by Seattle’s Pike Place Market and San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza, the Wharf Marketplace includes a complete produce market with outdoor seating along the recreation trail at Monterey’s commercial wharf.  The restored train station also serves as an educational exhibit of how refrigerated railroad cars shipped Monterey County produce across the country, building the local agricultural market into a billion-dollar industry.

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