Detroit Design 139

Adaptive Reuse

Gold Cash Gold

From Pawnshop to Restaurant and Lofts

An adaptive reuse of a historic pawnshop building built in 1887.

Project Details

  • Location: Corktown
  • Project Size: 10,000 SQ FT
  • Completion Date: 2015
  • Developer: O'Connor Real Estate and Development
  • Architects:
  • Laavu
  • Program: Food & Beverage, Residential

A Historic Renovation

The Gold Cash Gold development is located on the revitalized Michigan Ave commercial corridor in the heart of Corktown, across from Roosevelt Park and the Michigan Central Depot. A whitewashed interior gets color from a stained glass installation inspired by the mismatched windows of the city’s industrial past; a rescued gym floor from an abandoned school; and a wall of pickled locally grown vegetables. The historic renovation included six loft residences ranging from 750-1200 sq. ft., including four 2-bedroom units and two 1-bedroom units.The design incorporated wood lath stripped from the plaster walls as decorative paneling. A newly constructed outdoor deck and balconies offer city views.