We have had several rewarding opportunities to work with Esperanza’s Housing and Economic Development Division on facade restoration projects. The goal is to help them improve the North Fifth Street commercial corridor located in the Hunting Park neighborhood. We have provided exterior facade designs for a few of the storefronts to revitalize the overall look of the corridor and to bring more business to the individual stores. The GetWell Pharmacy is one of the longstanding businesses that were looking for a facade refresh.
The renovation consists of two 1930’s era buildings with retail on the ground floor and living quarters/offices on the second floor. Unfinished plywood panels and small windows were replaced with a new storefront system that enlarges the windows and gives it a consistent look to the neighboring building, which also has a storefront system. Second story window bays clad in vinyl siding were renovated to replace the existing windows with new french doors and a decorative metal balcony.
A priority for the neighborhood is for these two buildings to continue the established look along the block that is reminiscent of the colorful buildings found in Old San Juan or Havanna. We developed some color schemes that feature colorful stucco and ornamental metal details on the Juliette balcony that blend in with the neighboring stores while having enough contrast to stand out on the block. Oversized trim detailing around the new French doors keep the stucco from flattening the facade by adding raised surfaces for shadow and texture.