We are honored to receive the Palladio Award for Adaptive Reuse / Addition on the Montgomery Building in downtown Spartanburg. This is the only national award to recognize excellence in traditional design.
McMillan Pazdan Smith’s goal for this 127,000 SF project was to create a pristine building in better condition than the original — while staying true to its original Chicago School of Style. We worked with Tom Finnegan of BF Spartanburg, LLC and James Bakker on the building’s restoration. “Buildings like this don’t get done without a shared vision and a strong team,” Finnegan says.
During the project, we enjoyed hearing local stories about the building, “During construction, Spartanburg residents told us stories about seeing Elvis there, or how one of their ancestors used to work in the building. The community response to this restoration has been overwhelmingly positive,” says K.J. Jacobs, AIA LEED AP, architect and Principal in Charge at MPS.
Donald L. Love Jr. AIA, adds, “These types of projects are extremely important to communities because people are connected to the buildings in a personal way and the reuse of historic buildings is proven to spur community development around them.”
We are grateful to have been recognized by Traditional Building Magazine, Period Homes Magazine, and the Traditional Building Conference with this award. According to the award’s description, “all winners enhance the beauty and humane qualities of the built environment through creative interpretation and adaptation of design principles developed through thousands of years of architectural tradition.”