This project consisted of the construction of a 31,500 s.f. facility which includes a 300 seat sanctuary, chapel, multi-purpose room with kitchen, library, church offices, a large narthex, and a two-story education wing (nursery through high school). Trinity Covenant’s new facility was designed on the same site as their older pre-existing structure and the congregation remained in their old facility through the entire construction process until the new church was complete for occupancy.
That was the word Gayle Caldarazzo-Doty repeated Sunday evening as a stream of people admired the newly restored McGilchrist and Roth buildings, surrounded by construction lights and live jazz.
For 25 years, Caldarazzo-Doty had wanted to open an Italian market, she said. Her dream came true through the restoration of two historic buildings in downtown Salem, and in turn, the city achieved its own dream of sorts.
The re-opening of the 1916 structures, and the five businesses that will fill its commercial spaces, marks the pinnacle of downtown Salem’s revival. For years, the city’s center was plagued with prominent, but empty, storefronts. Amid a handful of new eateries and bars that have recently and will soon open, the vanilla 40,365 square foot building on coming back to life on the corner of State and Liberty streets seemed to validate the area’s comeback.
“It’s encouraging,” said Deb Grant, a 30-year Salem resident who attended Sunday’s party. “I think there’s hope that we can maintain a vibrant downtown.”
Caldarazzo-Doty and her husband, Doug Doty, purchased the buildings in February 2013, and have since invested about $7.5 million in restoring the building. The apartments in the upper level includes the couple’s own new home, which includes exposed brick walls with faded out paint from its life as the old Bligh Hotel.
Caldarazzo-Doty said she envisioned the buildings’ new era as one that fosters community — a place for people to live, eat and shop.
“We just love downtown,” she said.
South Salem High School’s culinary students catered the event, which included tours of the buildings’ nine apartment units. Several have not yet been leased. Family Building Blocks’ executive director Patrice Altenhofen volunteered as one of the tour guides Sunday.
“I just think it’s a spectacular project and Gayle is really making Salem sparkle,” she said.
Among the businesses preparing to open at the building is Archive, a cafe by day and a bar by night. When the business partners heard of the restoration project, they knew it would fit their “speakeasy-meets-library” vision, owner Jesse Hayes said.
“We want to wake Salem up and elevate the culture,” Archive’s second owner Justin Doyle said.
Caldarazzo-Doty said the building should have permanent power by Friday, and that businesses will start opening soon after that. Archive’s opening is set for Dec. 5.
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Article from Statesman Journal, by Saerom Yoo, November 16, 2014
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The demolition phase of the McGilchrist and Roth renovation project will undergo a shift soon as work begins on the removal of the brick façade along State and Liberty streets. The shift marks the beginning of the most visible part of the project for passersby.
Until recently, work focused on gutting non-historical elements from the interiors of both above-ground stories, including all inside walls and several layers of flooring. Every effort has been made to preserve what remains of the original materials and fixtures, including much of the ceiling paneling and many of the plastered columns.
The project has provided a unique look backward at the architectural and construction methods used during the time the buildings were built. Scott Champion, construction project manager for CD Redding, likened the experience to “archaeology” on a recent tour of the buildings.
Peeling back the layers of flooring revealed a sub-floor of 1” by 6” timber boards arranged diagonally, the method of choice for constructing stable flooring before plywood became widely available. In addition, cutting into the underlying concrete revealed how the site had been prepared before pouring the foundation, and removing wallpaper and paneling revealed doors, windows, and even a loading bay that had remained bricked up for decades.
After removal of the façade surrounding the main floor, future plans for the renovation project include removing non-historical elements from the basement floor, restoring the original brickwork and windows on the exterior of the upper floor, and upgrading the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems throughout the buildings.
Renovation of the buildings along with some of the tenant improvements is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
For those interested in attending an upcoming tour, please call the Doty & Company office at (503) 362-9152.
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Article from Doty Pruett Wilson & Company PC, June 13, 2013