Retrofit Magazine’s annual Metamorphosis Awards recognizes historical development and redevelopment projects in a variety of categories each year, ranging from overall Transformations, to Mixed Use, and Multi-Family projects. In 2020, Quaker Windows & Doors was recognized as part of three astounding renovation projects across the country who received Metamorphosis Awards this year.
Receiving an Honorable Mention in the Transformation category, architect’s LRK out of Memphis, TN, repurposed an abandoned Wonder Bread baking factory into a gorgeous office space and headquarters for Orion Federal Credit Union.
In an effort to pay homage to the history of the building, the developers kept many of the original elements from the structure, reusing them in creative and unique ways to enhance the historic significance of the building. This project also features Quaker Windows & Doors H601 Picture Windows, meant to replicate the feel of the original windows of a former era, while providing the energy efficiency and structural integrity synonymous with today’s window & door technology. Learn more about the project HERE.
In the Multi-Family division of the Metamorphosis Awards, St. Louis architect Trivers won an Honorable Mention for the repurposed Woodward Lofts, which was formerly the 246,000 sq. ft. Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co. facility.
Initially built in the 1920’s, this member of the National Register of Historic places has been given new life, nearly a century later, in the form of loft apartments. As part of Woodward Lofts’ restoration, Quaker’s H601 Casement and Fixed Units were specifically chosen to replicate the large, original windows that once shed light on the largest printer in St. Louis during the first half of the 20th century.
Receiving an Honorable Mention in the Historic category, architects Kraemer Design Group transformed the abandoned and dilapidated Farwell Building into prime residential property with office space and ground floor restaurants.
Detroit’s historic Farwell Building has seen its fair share of ups and downs since original completion in 1914. While Hollywood saw fit to utilize the dramatic, and distinctive deterioration of the building as a great post-apocalyptic set for several movies in the last 10 years, a local developer saw a much greater potential to bring this building back to its original status and grandeur.
The Farwell building has been fully refurbished into a multi-use facility with luxury residences, offices, and ground floor restaurants. Quaker’s H503, H600 and M600 windows are found throughout the renovation, giving The Farwell a distinguished and upscale view of the Crossroads area of Detroit once more.