Alpine Main Street Buildings 1, 2, and 3
Project Confirmation Number:
25 West Main Street Court
Alpine, Utah USA 84004
Brief Description of the Project:
The project consisted of designing three commercial shell buildings to fit within the historic context of surrounding Main Street in Alpine, Utah. Each two-story building had unique design objectives and requirements. Masonry helped to achieve the common goal of maintaining the integrity of their historical backdrop.
Size of Building:
Building 1 – 6,535 SF; Building 2 – 6,179 SF; Building 3 – 3,459 SF
Amount of Masonry Used:
Old Virginia Advantage – 28,000 units – Interstate Brick and Hearth & Home
Dakota Gray Tumbled stone – 150 s.f. – Stone World
Old Canterbury Modular Brick – 18,395 units – Interstate Brick
Precast – 243 linear feet – Newcast Stone *This is a special precast that has a foam core to reduce the weight of the product.
Mortar Supplier – Quikrete
Cape Cod Kings – 27,000 units – Interstate Brick and Hearth & Home
Precast – Tuscany Stoneworks
Project Completion Date:
Explain the Project and its Unique Use of Masonry Materials and Techniques:
Owner John Johnson hired the architect to expand on his concepts for three building pads on lots along historic Alpine Main Street. Each themed two-story building is commemorated with a plaque. The 6,535 SF Old Schoolhouse Building on Lot 1 replicates Alpine’s historic schoolhouse which was demolished in the 1980’s. The Flag Building on Lot 2 is 6,179 SF and incorporates three flags in its façade: American, Utah State, and Alpine City. On Lot 3, the Mayberry Building is patterned after a historic building in downtown American Fork, and at 3,459 SF, it conjures the small-town look and feel of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry.
The three buildings are designed as commercial shells for tenant improvements. The architect was charged with designing the exteriors of the buildings to convey the requested themes, as well as to fit within the historical context of the surrounding Main Street buildings.
The use of theme-specific, intricate masonry details on each building helped to provide the character and historic look that brought the Owner’s vision to life. The use of masonry produced a sense of durability and craftsmanship that is inherent in many historic buildings. The Old Schoolhouse Building includes running bond brick veneer with stepped brick arches, soldier courses, and corbels which are accented nicely with a tapered full bed natural stone entry. Although the form, function, and scale of this new building are quite different from the original, the masonry details help to create a connecting link that binds the two together. The Flag Building utilizes running bond brick veneer and soldier courses that are all capped off with intricate New Cast Stone cornices. The masonry and cornices help to highlight and accentuate the custom designed flag pole brackets and the patriotic flags that they hold. The Mayberry Building also features running bond brick veneer, soldier courses, and sills along with elaborate New Cast Stone trim and entry columns. These durable and ornate masonry features help to create a look and feel that hearken back to a time of craftsmanship and enduring buildings. Although each building has a very different character, the deliberate and purposeful use of masonry helps to tie the three buildings together and harmoniously connects them with the rest of historic Main Street.
Curtis Miner Architecture
Rafter K Construction
Photo Credit: Martin VanHemert