Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement - Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse
Award of Merit for Historic Preservation - Ohio Historic Preservation Office
Adaptive Use of a Sacred Landmark Award - Cleveland Restoration Society
Preservation Recognition Award AIA Cleveland - Historic Resources Committee
The adaptive re-use of the historic First Church of Christ, Scientist in Cleveland creates a unique headquarters for the international renown industrial design firm, Nottingham Spirk. The Innovation Center reimagines the historic structure as a state of the art facility, seamlessly infusing technology throughout the complex. Miles of cabling are strategically placed behind original finishes to preserve its classic aesthetic and Beaux Arts architecture.
The original building was designed by world-reknownded Cleveland architects, Walker and Weeks and was constructed as a prototype for Cleveland's Severance Hall. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. City Architecture's services included preparing documents and applications for a variety of funding sources. The initiative qualified for federal rehabilitation tax credits, a conservation easement, Ohio, Cuyahoga County and City of Cleveland loans and traditional construction loans.
Offices and studios fill the dramatic and volumnous sanctuary and a new addition houses equipment used to create product prototypes and test ideas. The center captures the owners' creativity - illustrating what is possible when you challenge convention and discover how a company so rooted in technology can rethink an iconic historic structure.