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Ferrell Historic Lofts
Danville, Virginia
Overview
Adaptive reuse of a historic furniture store/office building on Virginia's list of most endagered buildings, completed in 2012.
Project Type
Market rate apartments for urban professionals with street level commercial space.
Developer
Ferrell Historic Lofts, LLC
Specifications
13 units and 2 commercial spaces / 19,709 ft2
$1.2 million, total cost
Engineer's Eye
Years of vacancy and neglect had taken its toll, structurally, on this building on Main Street in Danville's Downtown Historic District. After significant repairs to the original load bearing masonry walls and the reconditioning of the historic windows, this building has been brought back to life. Over its long history since being built in the 1890's, the building has served as a furniture store and housed many different enterprises including multiple restaurants, billiard parlor and bar, and as a meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous (at the same time!). It has also been the home to offices for lawyers, notaries, insurance agents, savings & loans, beauty shops, dress makers, undertakers, a shoe shop, a cigar shop, a dental lab, a jewelry shop, a record store and a men's "recreation parlor."
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