Preservation of the 1939 Art Deco Coke Plant from its abandoned state included repairing damage done from nearly twenty years of neglect. A late 1960’s warehouse addition was removed, the roof was repaired, the original steel windows were restored and the neon lights in the rotunda were brought back to life. The building was divided into several small businesses including retail, food service, meeting space and office space.
Dry Ground Brewing Company moved into the former mechanics bay and boiler room. Brick removed from the creation of doorways were used to build the bar in the tasting room.
Mellow Mushroom restaurant opened in the former bottling room. Restoration of the original terrazzo floors and white glazed brick created a unique backdrop for nearly two dozen local artists to display their work in the dining room.
The Coke Plant project had the distinction of being chosen not only as a case study but for the cover of the National Park Service’s “Annual Report on the Economic Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit for FY 2016”.