Bognet Construction, Old City Development Group, Cushman & Wakefield, and PGN Architects partnered to transform the historic Holzbeierlein Bakery warehouse into a 60,000 SF mixed use development in the heart of the bustling and vibrant Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. The Adora was built to preserve the original architecture and charm of one of the oldest bakeries in DC. It provides a window into an interesting piece of DC history.
The Holzbeierlein bakery was founded in 1893 by Michael Holzbeierlein, a German immigrant. Holzbeierlein began constructing this warehouse into a modern plant at the time which was complete with bread baking machines, and space for delivery wagon sheds. By 1914 he had a garage built to house his “fleet of delivery trucks.” The horse stables used by Holzbeierlein were preserved and turned into individual parking garages.
The renovation included turning the existing building into retail space on the street and underground levels, office space on the second and third levels, and the construction of nine new sophisticated residential units on the fourth and penthouse levels. The notable building underwent a year and a half-long renovation, involving elevator installation and building an internal steel structure to tie into the existing brick facade. Not to mention the upper levels of the building are new and built to a ‘green roof’ standard. High-coordination areas of the project included the shoring and underpinning of the current structure to allow for a smooth transition to the interior work. The Shaw neighborhood will enjoy a lively yet elegant mixed use development that serves as reminder of what once used to be the historic bakery district of Washington, DC!