Out of the Fire at 111 South Washington
In 2021, Easton, Maryland’s beloved Out of the Fire restaurant celebrated 20 years with an announcement that they would be relocating to 111 South Washington Street. Encore, several years earlier, served as architect on the nearly 200 year-old-home, and was honored to be invited back to the property to adapt it for its next phase of life. With design drawings completed and permits in hand, construction has started off with a bang with the demolition of a rotten outbuilding and leaky shed-roofed addition. The design includes three dining rooms and a bar inside and seating on a side porch. The delicious food will be prepared in a large, new commercial kitchen addition with a cathedral ceiling and skylights. The upstairs rooms will be configured for private dining and meeting space.
Encore previously completed the historic rehabilitation of the 1824 property in 2017. At that time, our services combined historic preservation with adaptation to create a small, elegant office building. Scrollwork brackets add subtle elegance to the Italianate style front porch. Wrought-iron and cast-iron pintle hinges on the louvered shutters define different construction phases the property has gone through. The previously gutted second floor was modernized with a ductless heating and cooling system, and low energy LED lighting. Maryland’s Small Commercial Tax Credit program and the Federal Historic Tax Credit programs made the project economically feasible.
Wherever possible remaining elements were restored, including flooring, windows, siding and porches. Restored details like the front window shutters and porch brackets enliven the façade. Since all of the existing second floor trim had been removed, recessed door and window surrounds and baseboards were used to acknowledge the missing history. The new flooring was also stained gray to differentiate it from the original flooring.