What first attracted us to this historic building was its proximity to the beltline, public transportation, and the historic Reynoldstown community of Atlanta. Our passion for urban infill and the continued development of our in-town communities seemed to culminate in the architecture and geographic location of the site. The history of the church was nothing to scoff at either: part of the National Register of Historic Places, this 1922 solid granite church boasts 22 inch thick masonry walls quarried from Georgia’s own Stone Mountain; it retains 18 original, custom stained glass windows, and its 2 twin towers that anchor either side of the Wylie Street façade reach high into the sky and act as a visual landmark for MARTA train-goers as they pass by. It is also a cornerstone of the history of African American denominations in the area.
With a total of 4800 SF split evenly over two stories, Kronberg Wall’s studio is located in what was the historic church’s sanctuary with a separate tenant space below. Working closely with the National Parks Service, we came up with an open-format design that fosters collaboration and a learn-by-doing environment. The clean lines and minimalist approach reflects our taste in design and allows for the original structure’s character to shine, inside and out. Our approach was to create a functioning office that, in theory, could be removed to return the space back to its historic state. We wanted to show our community and our clients how adaptive reuse is a cost-feasible solution to conscious urban placemaking. Our goal is to be good stewards of this historic landmark and continue to maintain a building that portrays such a rich architectural legacy engrained in the historic Reynoldstown community!