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One of San Antonio’s largest and most important architectural firms is the first tenant of one of its latest projects – a major historic redevelopment on Broadway.
After more than 40 years in St. Paul’s Square, Ford, Powell & Carson this week moved into a 14,000 square foot office in the San Antonio Light building – a reinvention of the abandoned press facility at 420 Broadway St. l company designed, developed by GrayStreet Partners.
FPC directors John Gutzler and Adam Reed led the design of the project, which is an example of the type of historic design the company is known for across town.
“We started looking for a new office a few years ago, to be more downtown, in the middle of all our projects,” Reed said.
The interior design retains the architectural elements of the original space while adding exemplary features of the company’s history, such as sculpted doors by Lynn Ford, Martha Mood lighting, sketches by O’Neil Ford and artifacts from over 80 years of projects. The original master plans of the 1968 Hemisfair and the Trinity University campus are also on display.
“By exposing the historic qualities of the spaces and removing sections of the mezzanine, we were able to create a dynamic overlay of the spaces,” said Gutzler. “Combined with carefully designed glass walls, wooden screen elements and solid clay tile walls, we helped turn this idea into three dimensions. “
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