The Georgia Trust

2013 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

Cakes & Ale Building
Decatur, DeKalb County

Old Alterations to this early 20th century commercial storefront included the addition of a false mansard roof that masked nearly all of its historic character. In 2010 Cakes & Ale owners Billy and Kristin Allin bought the building and began its rehabilitation. Removal of the non-historic fa├žade revealed a circa 1920s historic storefront with bracketed tile awnings, plate glass and transom windows. Removal of modern interior finishes revealed a historic advertisement on a brick wall for Mrs. Teele's Bakery, fortuitously located where the facility's new bakery space would be. Historic features were restored and complimentary contemporary finishes were added, producing a beautiful melding of old and new. The Cakes & Ale rehabilitation project preserved a building and contributed to a downtown streetscape regaining its vitality and sense of place in its community.

 

 

 

 


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