U+B provided design services for the Historic Simons Livery in Chaska, Minnesota renovation and expansion. On both local and national historic registries, the livery stable requires special consideration for both its traditional form as well as ensuring the preservation of the buildings historic “Chaska Brick” exterior. Regarded as “utilitarian” when constructed in 1888, the building is an excellent example of regional historical architecture. The revered brick work, corbeled cornice, segmentally arched window hoods, and the semi-circular roof comb have been cared for and embraced in the sensitive renovations designed by the U+B team.
Our clients purchased the building for their business of re-purposing found objects and, in the spirit of the new tenants, our design accentuates the iconic form of the structure while modernizing the interior. By lofting the front and back ends of the two-story space, the updated interior allows the new occupants to appreciate the historic form and materials of the building’s unique shell while maintaining the integrity of the structure. Open space, a significant kitchen and contemporary detailing present a fresh interior that openly embraces the historic shell.