The need to work with what is already there often constrains the designer in his quest to create something both beautiful and useful.

Steel. The very word invokes strength. Industrial might. Without it, we wouldn’t have the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the new One World Trade Center or, for heaven’s sake, that tallest of the tall – “megatall” – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

And now, steel is making it possible for Ernst Brothers to avoid a web of supporting walls on 127 East State Street’s two levels.

All right, so it isn’t the Burj Khalifa. We can still sort of see Tom Cruise rappelling from the bronze moose head down the bricks for his next Mission Impossible turn – can’t you? True, it would lack much of the drama of Ghost Protocol.

But that’s okay because we’re aiming to create the drama on the inside, where brand new steel I-beams will support each level and allow Ernst Brothers’s designer to place the residences’ walls and rooms wherever they look, feel and function best.

 

“As exciting as it is to rehab an older building – especially one with the architectural provenance and community connections of this old Moose Lodge – the need to work with what is already there often constrains the designer in his quest to create something both beautiful and useful,” says Jake Taylor, partner.

“Frankly, we’re very lucky that the only surprises we’ve run into have been good ones.”

The steel came to town on a morning in early June, traveling down East State Street to our location, where it was unloaded by crane. It’s now John Chirico’s job, as Ernst project and field manager, to oversee getting it into place, removing the supporting walls the steel will render unnecessary and seeing to the installation of the new windows. Stay tuned!

Follow us as we turn a 100-year-old local landmark into two luxury condos. There’s a lot to see and learn, and we’ll take you inside to explore.

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