Projects

Fig & Barrel Pub

“It had to be old.”

The Fig & Barrel Pub building, located in the Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) district for the City of York, was 110 years old by the time RLPS had the opportunity to help the new owners shape it. Originally built by the York Traction Company (which would later become York Railways Company) and subsequently the home for the Edison Light & Power Company, the building itself is full of history. The interior fit-out for this adaptive reuse honors both the history housed within the brick walls and the vision of the new owners.

“It had to be authentic.”

The Fig & Barrel Pub couldn’t look or feel like just any pub. Like the bitters and pizzas made from scratch within the Pub, the building needed to feel authentic to both the city that was built around it and the business it now houses. Lighting selections remind patrons of the history of the building, evoking a turn-of-the-century feel. A tall fireplace feature was added and designed to reflect the historic industrial feel. Hard and soft seating of varied heights in bold colors complement the rustic wood of the tables and bar; the bar itself features a floor to ceiling rolling library ladder, turning the liquor stock into a display. A new production kitchen, complete with a wood-fired oven, rounds out the renovation.

“It had to have loads of history.”

The original brick was restored and turned into a feature of the interior. Instead of covering it up and modernizing it, the whole design rests on the historical material. While the building needed updating, it was important that it didn’t look like it had been modernized. On the outside facing Cherry Lane, the historic building plaque is still proudly displayed. Ultimately, this space meets the owner’s criteria that it “had to be old, it had to be authentic, and it had to have loads of history.”

Photo Credit:  Matthew Tennison Photography

Charlestown Community

Catonsville, MD

Designed to capture the spirit of a downtown marketplace, this renovated 4,100 square foot café space features a large A-frame roof with 17-foot ceilings. Features include display cooking stations, a bar/lounge and patio dining space. Exposed red brick walls with high window sills pay homage to nearby Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The project doubled the capacity to 96 people with a variety of seating options.

Awards: Environments for Aging Remodel/Renovation Competition Winner

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Garden Spot Village

New Holland, PA

Community center updates began with reinventing the former café into a restaurant-style atmosphere that reflects a new attitude toward the dining experience. The behind-the-scenes serving lines were replaced with new food stations, open to dining areas. The second phase of renovations resulted in an updated entry experience and inviting activity areas. This included reinventing the main lobby and reception desk, general store renovations to add a coffee shop and converting previously underutilized parlor in to a theater.

Awards: Awards of Merit, Environments for Aging Design Showcase, AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Remodel/Renovation Competition Finalist

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography & Jeremy Hess Photography

Garden Spot Village

New Holland, PA

The Harvest Table provides a distinctive dining experience with a wood-fired oven highlighting the availability of made-to-order selections. This upscale, farm-to-table casual eatery features live cooking stations, an open pizza oven, a chef’s table and on-line ordering system. The Refresh coffee bar offers Starbucks beverages and grab and go selections.

Awards: Awards of Merit, Environments for Aging Design Showcase, AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Remodel/Renovation Competition Finalist

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography & Jeremy Hess Photography

Edenwald

Towson, MD

The contemporary café design is more open than its predecessor and allows for greater circulation space between the food offerings. The resulting design took cues from a local farmers market, focusing on fresh foods (some locally sourced during the summer) and a wide range of options. New to the café are a coffee shop, Grab-N-Go offerings, and a pizza station, which complement a salad bar, deli, and hot entrée station. Another new dining experience to be offered is a patio dining component.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

 

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography