Holman Building


Pacific Grove, CA

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Built in 1924, the Holman Building has seen a myriad of uses: the most famous being Holman’s Department Store, which was immortalized in John Steinbeck’s book “Cannery Row.” Over the years, the building was remodeled with disregard to its past and ultimately fell upon serious disrepair. WRD Architects was selected to renovate the building and restore it to its former glory.  The building includes 25 luxury condominiums on the upper floors, with a ground-floor restaurant and basement-level parking garage.

The redesign includes the reinstallation of the original three-part Chicago-style windows with large fixed-center panels flanked by two smaller double-hung sash windows.  The historic grid pattern of windows on the facade is continued around the entire building with added balconies, which showcase stunning bay and mountain views.  The facade is now restored to match the detailing from the 1920’s with its original beauty and glamour.


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