Custom Buildouts of Historic Buildings

High-End Architecture for Retail, Restaurant & Lodging with Style

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Add History to Design to Create the Perfectly Curated Space

We combine historic nuance, depth & style to create a destination experience for your retail, restaurant or lodging location in Baltimore, Washington DC and the Mid Atlantic.

We work one-on-one to help our clients navigate historic preservation requirements for approvals that drive funding and budgets, timelines, uses, and historic material treatments. Then we leverage that knowledge to create the perfect design and build it -on time- for your grand opening.

  • Historic Materials and Detail Specialist
  • Historic and Sustainability Funding
  • Concept Design through Construction
  • Historic Contractors
  • Historic Regulations
  • More Expertise, Less Hierarchy

Before After

Nelson Coleman Jewelers’ 2nd Location moved from concept to completion in three months.

Six Phases of the Design/Build Process for Custom Build Outs of Historic Buildings

  • Help client create the program, including historic and sustainability goals
  • Survey the historic building’s condition
  • ID necessary repairs & adaptations
  • Research historic & building code regulations
  • Recommend historic or sustainability funding

  • Research historic documentation
  • Provide spatial design options
  • Test fit proposed uses
  • Assess and address any historic challenges
  • Review opportunities with client
  • Discuss costs

  • Analyze & price exterior and interior materials  including  roofing, flooring, light fixtures, site design, signage
  • Utilize 3D modelling or renderings to visualize choices
  • Update cost estimates


  • Produce plans and specifications

  • Assist in selection and sourcing of contractors
  • Guide and monitor building permit process
  • Apply for historic approvals & tax credits
  • Respond to bidder’s Requests for Information

  • Monitor the schedule
  • Perform quality control
  • Coordinate plans,  change orders and disputes
  • Approve requisitions

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Experience Spanning Centuries

Historic Preservation Projects

Resources & News


Opening a Business in a Historic Building  

Owner Ajay Patel, Montgomery County Executive Marc Erlich and Lead Architect Ward Bucher at the grand opening of Clarksburg Beer ...

Design vs. Draft: Unraveling What Exactly an Architect Does

Sometimes we get a call for work, and the potential client says, “I need someone to draft some plans”. We ...

Seven Tips for Writing Historic Grant Applications for the Maryland Heritage Areas Program

Joe Wojciechowski, AIA, Encore Sustainable Architects (2023 MHAA grant reviewer) This past year, Encore Architect Joe Wojciechowski had the privilege ...

Historic Preservation Affiliations & Partnerships