Thursday, August 27, 2020

Jewel Box Glitters Once Again

The exterior of the iconic Louis Sullivan Bank of Newark has been beautifully restored to its original glory.  Designed in 1914 by noted American Architect Louis Sullivan as one of eight “jewel box” banks, the building suffered through decades of neglect, vacancy, and unsympathetic alterations including the removal of the corner of the main entry and loss of many original terra cotta units.  With its current owner, the Licking County Foundation, Rogers Krajnak Architects, Danis Construction, Conrad Schmitt Studios, and Lang Masonry, have painstakingly restored the exterior of the building.  New terra cotta units were created and installed where the original terra cotta units were damaged or missing.  The missing pieces of the intricate glass and gold mosaics were recreated, and the mosaics were cleaned.  The original opalescent glass and zinc came windows were repaired, and new doors were created.  The building is now illuminated at night and stands proudly on its prominent corner near the county courthouse.  We celebrate the completion of the exterior renovation and look forward to the next phase of the project which will include the interior restoration of this magnificent building.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Victorian Village Private Residence Completed

The RKA team is proud of the work that went into this recently completed residential project in the heart of Victorian Village. This complex project includes the restoration and renovation of an 1880’s Victorian Vernacular style home, a 2 ½ story addition, a new detached garage, and a redesigned site. The design solutions, and resulting details, celebrate the contrast between historic and modern, and emphasize the differences, and relationships, between new and old elements.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Christian Life Church of Westerville Groundbreaking

RKA was pleased to participate in the groundbreaking for the classroom addition for the Christian Life Church of Westerville! We were excited to lead the design of this growing church's addition and renovation project, and are looking forward to completing the construction later this year.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Cornice Works

For a recent session of Rogers Krajnak Architect’s Mentoring Program, our staff toured Midstate Contractors’ offices and fabrication facilities in Marion, Ohio. We appreciated the insight that Bart Hooper and Tom Kemper provided as we experienced the meticulous care and craftsmanship that Cornice Works (Midstate’s fabrication division) puts into the fabrication of historically accurate architectural elements.  Each of our firms are proud of the work that we do as we provide our expertise for the restoration of our community’s significant historic buildings including churches, courthouses, community buildings, and historic homes.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

RKA Welcomes Daniel DeGreve

RKA is pleased to welcome Daniel DeGreve as Project Manager.

Daniel is a Project Manager with formal training in Classical architecture and the practical experience of engaging traditional design principles in modern construction.  He earned his Master of Architectural Design & Urbanism degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.  He is a Registered Architect in the State of Ohio and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  A native of Ohio, Daniel is happy to be back in Columbus after several excellent years working as an architect on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  His specializations include church architecture, historic preservation, and walkable neighborhood development.  Daniel is a self-confessed architectural history nerd, and enjoys biking the Olentangy Trail, shopping farmers markets, cooking, and reading a good book at the coffee bar.