Rowhouse Architects Honored with Two Griffin Awards for Historic Preservation

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Accolades Reflect Excellence in Firm's Historic Preservation and Adaptive Re-use Practices

Rowhouse Architects was named winner of two 2014 Griffin Awards for Historic Preservation from the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County (PSABC), in the categories of Adaptive Re-use and Rehabilitation. This is the 35th year the PSABC has presented awards to outstanding projects and individuals that further the goals of historic preservation in the Asheville and greater Buncombe County, NC area.

Awards were given in the categories of Restoration, Rehabilitation, Adaptive Re-use, In‐Fill Construction Within a Historic District or Neighborhood Research, Publication and Education, Stewardship and Preservation, and selected from nominations ranging widely in scope.

“We are honored to be recognized in this way by the PSABC, an important force in sustaining the heritage and sense of place that is Asheville and Buncombe County,” said Jeff Dalton, founding Principal of Rowhouse Architects. “This year’s awards are for highly visible Rowhouse Architects design projects in Asheville – Wicked Weed Ale Company for Adaptive Re-use, and The Windsor Hotel for Rehabilitation, both well designed and successfully completed with strong development, construction and interior design partners. Both of these projects required significant experience in adaptive re-use and historic rehabilitation techniques and construction procedures. We were excited to have a chance to work on something so well suited to our interests and expertise. Both projects turned out really well and we are very proud of the outcomes.”

Wicked Weed, originally a service station built in 1941 was renovated and converted into a stunning restaurant on the street level with high use outdoor seating, and a brewery on the lower level. The Windsor Boutique Hotel, a Historic Preservation Tax Credit project at 36 Broadway, was built in 1907 for retail and apartments and is on the National Historic Register. Its renovation refurbished existing apartments into boutique hotel rooms with street level restaurant and retail spaces.

“Both of these projects presented special challenges in that they required fitting new, modern uses into older, outdated buildings that were not code compliant,” Dalton said of the projects. “The renovations had to respect the fabric of the original structures, meet the building code, be functional, aesthetically pleasing and perhaps most importantly, fit in the owner’s construction budget.

“Wicked Weed has brought new life to the south end of Biltmore Avenue and provides two great outdoor seating areas where people can enjoy Asheville’s amazing climate. The Windsor Hotel will enliven the north end of Broadway Street and give visitors a unique chance to experience staying in an important historic structure in the heart of downtown.”


ROWHOUSE ARCHITECTS is a client focused award-winning architecture firm based in Asheville, NC, whose mission is to create significant places of lasting value for its clients and the community. The guiding principle of the firm is the belief that architecture has the power to be a positive force for change in people’s lives and their communities.

Established in 1992 in a historic Atlanta rowhouse, the firm is led by founding Principal Jeff Dalton, a graduate of Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture and City Planning, and consists of a core group of talented staff and expert consultants in urban mixed-use projects, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and affordable housing. With exceptional service and a constant focus on client goals and objectives, Rowhouse Architects is well known for outstanding design on successful projects including The Grove Arcade, the Kenilworth Inn and Wicked Weed Ale Company.

Before and After photos available at:

Wicked Weed Ale Company

The Windsor Hotel

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