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Monthly Event Hosted by Manica Architecture
May 27, 2015 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Manica Architecture is a unique design firm that combines large scale international design experience with the creativity and personal attention of a boutique studio.
In December 2013, Manica Architecture purchased the building at 1913/1915 W. 43rd Avenue. For over 30 years, the building had served as a neglected warehouse and was full of a wide variety of materials such as old building signs, crushed cars, a bus, restaurant furniture, tanning beds, glass display cases, kitchen equipment, etc. Once all the storage items were removed by the Seller, Manica began the complete renovation of the project.
The concrete mezzanines throughout were removed, and the shell of the original building was revealed. Markings on the bowstring trusses indicate the original main structure was constructed in the 1930s. Although it has not been officially confirmed, rumors are that the building was originally constructed as a parts factory for World War II Jeep Willies. For years afterward, and up until it became a warehouse, it was an auto shop.
Manica’s renovation included restoring the original wooden barrel vault and adding 6 large skylights, insulation, refacing of the exterior façade, and all new updating all plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. The building is divided into four working studios which serve as the world headquarters for Manica Architecture – a firm that designs sport and entertainment buildings around the world.