West Elm

The Historic Pearl | San Antonio, Texas

What was once a dairy, soda bottling plant, and haunted house was saved from demolition after uncovering the building’s concrete structure and delicate bow-trussed wood roof. Working with home goods retailer West Elm, interior designer MBH, and architect-of-record Villa Park, Clayton Korte redesigned the façade as a modern adaptation of its Art Deco past, combining simple, cost-effective materials with expansive custom steel windows. In addition to the new day lit interior, an adjacent existing warehouse was stripped to its steel-framed roof, providing shaded parking and another nod to the building’s found nature.

Project Team:
Design Architect: Clayton Korte
Architect of Record: Villa Park Architect
Interior Design: MBH Architects
General Contractor: Joeris General Contractors

Reagen Taylor
Nick Simonite

West Elm