After sitting vacant for decades, the historic building is now home to several businesses thanks to a 2013 revamping by local developer Caster Developers and local architect Rich Jones.
"There's really nothing quite like it in Delray,"
The building is now the headquarters of
All the work that went into restoring the 1949 Miami Modern-style structure appears to have paid off. Miami Modern, or
The renovated 7,000-square-foot building recently received a nod from the
"This award brings attention to the importance and value for mid-century style architecture," said
To help with the cost of making over the building, the Casters received two grants from Delray's
Before transforming what used to be Delray's hottest showroom for new cars into a new hub of modern offices, the developers took a step back in time.
The car dealership was built in the late 1940s by
"He loved the Mediterranean Revival style, the most popular style at the time," Patterson said of Ogren's early work. "As it got to be in the '40s, he started drawing buildings in the streamline style."
At first glance
"We recreated the building as it stood 65 years ago," he said.
The original roof is still overhead and the original character of the building remains, including its angled windows. The building did receive some modern upgrades, like air conditioning.
"Anyone who looks at it from yesteryear recognizes it as a newer, improved building," he said. "We have had people walk in the door say they bought their first car here."
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