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Garvin Design Group wins adaptive reuse award

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Columbia-based Garvin Design Group has received an adaptive reuse award for its work on 1649 Main St., home to Hendrix restaurant and The Woody nightclub.

Garvin received a citation award for adaptive reuse from the American Institute of Architects Columbia on Thursday.

The building at 1649 Main St. was originally constructed in the mid-19th century and is one of the oldest surviving structures in Columbia’s Main Street commercial historic district, according to a news release from Garvin. Occupied by grocery and meat market E.T. Hendrix from 1906 to 1926 and by Ruff Hardware from 1928 to 1998, it fell into disrepair after nearly a decade as the home of Hennessey’s restaurant.

Phased rehabilitation restored the building’s Main Street storefront, created a garden-level courtyard, removed worn-out finishes to expose historic wood floors and brick walls, and removed a late-20th century mezzanine and drop ceilings to expose historic trusses and pressed tin ceilings. Hendrix also features a rooftop bar with city views and outdoor dining space.

The awards selection committee noted how Garvin’s design incorporated multiple floors to maximize the structure’s narrow space.

“We are so grateful to be part of this building’s story,” Scott Garvin, Garvin Design Group president, said in the release. “Adaptive reuse projects are always a challenge, but seeing 1649 repurposed is so worthwhile. We love how this transformation uses so much of the building’s historic fabric for a totally new and vibrant use. We’re so pleased that our peers and colleagues at AIA Columbia love its reuse as well.”

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