For the Adaptive Reuse of 218 South White Street, Wake Forest
In September 2012, the White Street Brewing Company opened its doors as Wake Forest’s first brewery. Originally constructed in the 1920s as a Ford car dealership and service area and later used as a furniture store, showroom for classic cars and, most recently a storefront church, the historic structure was renovated into a state-of-the-art beer manufacturing and tasting facility.
Located in the Wake Forest National Register Historic District, this 4,000 square foot single-story masonry building represents the area’s first production brewery. Brewery owner Dino Radosta worked closely with Maurer Architecture, a Raleigh-based firm that specializes in restaurant and brewery design in historic buildings, and general contractor Kusan Construction Company to create a vibrant new business in Wake Forest’s downtown commercial center. The scope of work included designing a fully exposed brewery, bar area and toilet rooms on the inside and rebuilding the front brick façade while introducing an element of elegance on the outside.
The current space was originally comprised of two different buildings, which allowed for a physical separation of the dealership and service areas in the 1920s. In the 1940s, the wall dividing the two areas was torn down. As a result of this demolition, areas of brick were left jagged and sharp. The team worked tirelessly to chisel out the areas of damaged brick and replace the spaces with original brick relocated from other areas of the building. The 1940s demolition also necessitated a peaked roof modification, which was constructed from metal. The new exterior redesign kept this metal roof intact.
The structure today allows the operator to utilize the building for two independent uses—a manufacturing facility and taproom. A half wall bisects the space and visual accents allow for two distinct feels. The manufacturing facility features materials including quarry tile, fluorescent lighting and stainless steel. The taproom includes stained concrete, red oak and pendant lighting. The end result is an excellent example of an adaptive reuse project.
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Preservation, Inc. is pleased to present a 2013 Anthemion Award to Dino Radosta, Mauer Architecture, and Kusan Construction Company for the Adaptive Reuse of 218 South White Street, Wake Forest.