The Ressler Mill Foundation asked us to explore the feasibility of converting an 1825 former farmhouse and general store into a center for the study of milling history and local farming culture. The Foundation’s goal was to restore the building and accommodate these new uses without damaging its setting in an historic crossroads farming community. After identifying the building’s original floor plan and exterior features, we developed options for the research and exhibition center envisioned by the Foundation.
As part of the exterior reconstruction, the wrap around porch was rebuilt tied directly into its original locations, original chimneys and roof eaves were rebuilt, all masonry restored and the main roof completely renewed. We designed a subtle rear addition to the building to accommodate a new entrance lobby, break room, new stairs, elevator and toilets, creating an accessible entrance at the back of the existing building – allowing for parking and access to be situated more safely away from a dangerous intersection, and restoring the original residential face of the building. Future phases of work planned, which we have fundamentally designed along with our more detailed reconstruction solutions, include all interior renovations, site development, including an entry courtyard, accessible walkways, parking, stormwater management, landscape work, and restoration of the summer kitchen.