Helix recently completed design of the adaptive reuse of 1509 Walnut, a historic warehouse in the heart of the Crossroads district. Built in 1902, the five-story, brick building now includes 16, one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments.
Residents occupy floors one through five of this 32,000-square-foot building. The apartment units include large, unique floor plans; high-end finishes; lots of storage; and private balconies. The penthouse units have spiral staircases, leading to rooftop patios with extraordinary views of the downtown skyline. Some of the other amenities include solariums, a wine cellar in the basement, fitness room and dedicated parking. Two, street-level, retail spaces occupy the street frontage.
While the interior has been completely updated, the design team worked to preserve the building’s past. The façade has been fully restored, and each apartment is designed to showcase the historic components, including exposed brick walls, original concrete floors, heavy timber beams and even an old loading dock and door in one unit. This adaptive reuse project was designed in accordance with National Park Service guidelines and qualified for federal and state historic tax credits.
The design team partnered with Carpenter Collective on the branding of the new development, creating external signage and wayfinding throughout the building