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2019 AIA Awards Honorable Mention

(left to right) Bruce Herrington, First Vice-President of AIA Alabama, Wes Osmer, Principal Architect, Davis Campbell, Intern Architect, Louis Tooker, Treasure of AIA Alabama.

(left to right) Bruce Herrington, First Vice-President of AIA Alabama, Wes Osmer, Principal Architect, Davis Campbell, Intern Architect, Louis Tooker, Treasure of AIA Alabama.

Seay, Seay and Litchfield Architects was honored by the Alabama Council of the American Institute of Architects this past February for the Kress on Dexter building renovation. Wes Osmer, principal of the firm, and Davis Campbell, project manager, accepted an Honorable Mention for the project at the 2019 AIA Excellence in Design awards gala.

All efforts were made to preserve the original ornate interior plaster detailing. A new second-floor retail mezzanine inserted into the double-height main hall and two-story residential addition seek to further activate the property as well as maximize the project’s economic feasibility. Adjacent properties on each end of the building were incorporated into the footprint, permitting egress paths that avoid disturbing the fabric of the original Kress.

We are proud to have received honorable mention for Kress on Dexter at the 2019 AIA Awards! The Jury had this to say about the project:

“I like how the entrance of the original building is preserved and respected. I like the adaptive reuse of the interior with modern language, without clashing with the original architecture.”

- Fernando Brave

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