The art deco-style Model Tobacco building in Richmond, VA, which closed more than three decades ago, was turned into 203 upscale apartments. Consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
The top floor of the building has 31 loft apartments with two or three bedrooms. Tenants will enter the apartment on one level — for the kitchen, dining room and a bedroom and a bathroom — and then take steps to a mezzanine level for the other bedrooms and bathrooms.
The complex features onsite parking and a variety of amenities for tenants with a rooftop community room and deck that has commanding views of the city’s skyline. A former power plant behind the main building on the 14.79-acre property became a recreation center for tenants. It includes a half-court indoor basketball court, gym space, a 30-foot climbing wall, a large community room with a cooking kitchen, a yoga studio, and a gaming center. Off the gym is a deck and an outdoor
These are 80-year-old art deco style buildings and are “Registered Historical Properties”. This creates not only design but construction challenges while maintaining the required historical elements and overcoming unforeseen conditions during the demolition phase.
Location: Richmond, VA
Owner: The C. A. Harrison Companies, LLC
Architect: Walter Parks Architects