Cowford Chophouse is contained within a historic building – formerly the First National Bank of Florida. It was rebuilt in 1902 following the great fire of 1901. Over time the building suffered significant structural damage from years of neglect.
Many details of this Renaissance Revival landmark have now been restored to their original glory. Restored elements include the historic arched windows, exterior bricks, and metal cornice.
Interior finishes were selected to complement the existing architecture meshing a modern steakhouse with classic style. The first floor lobby features burnt wood detailing on the host stand, a nod to the building’s rebirth after the Great Fire of 1901. Interior details inspired by the building’s unique history include a wine locker display, close to the location of the original bank vault and the ceiling design at the first and second floor levels, similar to the original tin coffers found in ruins.
While the first floor features a casual environment – highlighted by large community tables bearing an artistic nod to the St. Johns River – the second floor features more intimate tones and a seven-seat “river bar” with a dramatic gold-leafed glass face and Silver Egeo marble top.
Framed photographs line the ornamental stairway – depicting the original building and its extensive transformation – from the foundation to the rooftop terrace, where guests can enjoy unimpeded views of the city that inspired this one-of-a-kind dining destination.
Ocean Street Facade
Architecture of Cowford Chophouse at night
Ocean and Bay
Architecture of Cowford Chophouse at Night
Intuition Ale Works
Intuition Ale Works‘ new location in Downtown Jacksonville is the perfect solution for the growing brewery. The 36,000 sq ft project includes a complete new brewing system that quadruples the production capacity of the original location while providing a duel level taproom with a rooftop bar overlooking the downtown entertainment district and views into the brewing operation.
Glass Garage doors allow guests to enjoy the Florida weather and a sliding to-go window allows customers to make purchases for tailgating during special events. There are multiple options for private dining and event space adjacent to the production area, within the tap room or on the roof terrace.
With the addition of commercial kitchens on the first and second floors, Intuition Ale Works and Black Sheep Restaurant have partnered to provide guests with unique cuisine and a sampling of more than 20 small-batch handcrafted ales.
Many architectural features were restored to match the original building shell which was constructed in the 1940’s. A distinctly modern addition was made to the roof of the original building to allow for the height of the production tanks and the addition of the rooftop terrace.
This 2,500 square foot Modern Italian Restaurant is located in Jacksonville’s historic Riverside neighborhood.
Il Desco offers an open kitchen with featured wood-fire pizza ovens and extensive raw bar, glassed in wine cellar, bar, and private dining room separated by a glass and metal mesh screen partition. The open dining room includes individual tables, oversized high-back curved booths, bar height seating, and an extensive community table with an eclectic mash-up of seating styles. The table itself was create with reclaimed wood from the owners downtown property.
There are several lighting types which help to create the zones of the restaurant as the ceiling is exposed throughout the main dining room. The flooring material is the original terrazzo, found beneath the previous owners flooring during construction.
The new 3,000 sq.ft. contemporary home is located in Neptune beach, Florida. The home is constructed of ICF exterior walls and hollow core floors / roof which is extremely energy efficient. The home is two stories with a rooftop party deck and consists of three bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths. It is located on a modest sized site where we maximized the allowable building area. The main living space on the second floor has a large operable glass door unit that opens onto a deck.
A large portion of the roof top was designed for a party deck that is accessed by the primary staircase. The rooftop deck has an exterior fireplace and outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean. The house was designed to have a future elevator that will extend to the rooftop.
Mellow River City
Mellow Mushroom River City is a ground up single story restaurant, approximately 5,000 sq.ft. with a 1,200 sq.ft. covered exterior patio.
The primary design concept for the project is logistics and as such shipping containers became a generator. The exterior materials are corrugated metal panels, ground face exposed block, large glazing units and wood. The interior aesthetic called on various means of transportation including airplanes and trains. Actual shipping containers were also utilized in the dining area and patio. The interior art concept was developed as a collaboration between the owner, D Coop, and Mellow Mushroom Corporate.
Mellow Mushroom Avondale combines an existing 3,400 square foot building and a new 4,200 square foot addition. There are 21 on-site parking spaces.
The restaurant has 204 seats with a full kitchen, bar, and covered outdoor patio. The building is located in a historic neighborhood and great amount of attention was given to the primary façade so as to blend with the existing streetscape. The building has three distinct sections to break down the scale of the primary façade.
1534 Oak Street is a unique mixed-use building in the heart of the vibrant and diverse 5 Points neighborhood. The building contains a new restaurant on the first level, 2 levels of office space, and Jacksonville’s first true rooftop bar and lounge. The floor plates are approximately 6,400 sq.ft. with an overall building area of approximately 24,000 sq. ft.
The project strives to strengthen the pedestrian experience in the 5 points area and creates a new “destination” for Jacksonville residents. The roof top bar and lounge takes advantage of the neighborhood views and an un-obstructed cross breeze.
The adoption of the building’s material palette – stone, ipe wood, concrete and metal panels – develop the space as an integral part of the Architecture. The metal panels bring color and contrast to the vertical circulation elements of the building.
The fire feature creates a unique focal point for the space. Planters create a buffer from the edge of the building and create an organic contrast to the building materials.
The existing two story house is located at 1730 Dogwood Place. The 1,600 sf building was built 1940 on wood frame with brick veneer and the sloped tile roof. The project program included the renovation of the existing structure and a new addition of 2,800 sf.
The addition required the design of a new living room, kitchen, dining area, master bedroom suite, foyer, laundry and game room on the first floor and a third bedroom and bath on the second floor together with the library space on the bridge that is connecting the new structure with the existing house.
Due to the historic nature of the Ortega neighborhood; traditional materials, proportions and building construction were applied to the exterior of the house while contemporary design was the preferred option for the interior space.
An accessory building and swimming pool were added to the project program when neighboring property was acquired. The accessory building has an outside entertainment space with a summer kitchen, four car garage, shop, bathrooms and additional storage on the second floor. The space in between the two buildings will be used for the swimming pool, sun deck, putting green , fire feature and extensive landscape design.
Ovinte Wine Lounge
Ovinte Wine Lounge, located at the St. John’s Towncenter, is among the first independently owned and operated businesses in the area. The project consisted of the renovation of an Original Pancake House.
The directive was to create a warm, sexy environment to relax, drink, and eat. In addition to the large lounge seating area, the space contains dining, full kitchen, private wine lockers, retail with enomatic wine machines, and a tasting room for private or introductory wine tastings. The patio offers traditional and lounge seating, a large covered trellis, bocce court, and garden.
The project is a ground up single story restaurant, approximately 5,000 sq.ft. with a 1,000 sq.ft. covered exterior patio. The primary exterior materials are hardi panel, cast stone, heavy timber, tile, and exposed steel.
The program focused on a whimsical super hero theme which was accentuated by the Mellow Mushroom Corporate Art department. A large storefront window, centrally located, allows plenty of natural light into the primary dining space.
The exterior patio is covered with frosted panels that project diffuse natural light into to patio space.
Mellow St. Simons
The project is a ground up single story restaurant, approximately 3,200 sq.ft. with a 2,000 sq.ft. patio. The primary construction materials are wood, metal roofing, and composite decking.
The project site had multiple large oak trees that had to remain so all construction had to take that into consideration. The entire project is built up from the existing grade to elevate above the mean flood line. This provided unique opportunities for the project.
The main entry is a bridge that takes the patrons from the parking lot up to the main floor level of the restaurant. We used the largest oak tree as a primary design element on the large elevated exterior deck. The deck also has a small covered lounge area with an exterior fireplace.