Pine Street Market Sneak Preview

Pine Street Market

We have been deeply enjoying the process of designing and installing a very unusual project. A custom single hung window system and storefront for Siteworks at the new Pine Street Market food hall.  It is due to open in May 2016.

Pine Street Market was originally called the United Carriage & Baggage Transfer Building. This 1886 structure had a past life as a livery and horse-drawn carriage storage facility featuring over 100 horse stalls. The early 20th century saw it used as a contractor supply depot until 1969. Then it became the first location for The Old Spaghetti Factory. More recently it has featured a series of all ages nightclubs.

Developing the Pine Street Market project included a combination of:
  • Exactly matching existing window details
  • Developing an innovative external weight and pulley system for the single hung storefront windows. They were counterbalanced by visible black pipe, allowing the sash to operate without need for weight pockets in the walls.
Here’s a little sneak peek at the systems we’ve installed. Go check out the real thing at the Pine Street Market Grand Opening in May. Tell us what you think!

 

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These single hung windows were set too close together to employ traditional weight pockets. Instead, a visible wire and pulley system is counterbalanced with black pipe that lowers and raises as the sash is operated.

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Arch top detail and ogee lugs replicate the historic charm of the original windows.

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This image shows the single hung storefront sash all set in their open configuration.
You can see the pipe counterbalances around the top.

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Here they are closed with the wood panel pony wall visible below.

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These arch topped double hung windows were replications of the Pine Street Market original. Here you can see the left hand top sash opened to let in ventilation. We used our CNC router to replicate original hand carved details on the exterior mull caps (below).

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This “before picture” (below) illustrates the extremely weathered condition of the existing windows in the Pine Street Market. We were proud to have the opportunity to exactly match the details of the original windows. The building will retain its original character and be ready to weather the next 100 years of life.

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Custom Double Hung Window — Custom Case Study

Double Hung Window

This may look like a humble little double hung window, but what appears to be straightforward actually took a lot of attention to detail, careful coordination and amazing craftsmanship.

When this job is complete it will be very difficult to identify the original windows from our new window. Other than the fact that the new window operates like butter.

Double Hung Window

The Double Hung Window Challenge

Our colleagues at Kem’s Woodworking needed to help their clients meet current egress codes for a new basement bedroom with a historically accurate window that matches all the original double hung windows throughout this 1930’s West Hills home.

Kem’s cut a hole in the exterior wall directly between two existing windows and challenged Versatile to deliver a window that looked like it had always been there.

Double Hung Window

The Double Hung Window Uniquely Versatile Solution

Versatile built a traditional weight and pulley double hung to the necessary size to meet the egress requirements. We matched the reverse ogee interior detail and the exterior stucco mould exactly.

Double Hung Window

Even the stepped exterior window sill was reproduced to match all original sills.

(The picture below shows the window before the finish painting was complete.)

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The Double Hung Window Result

It would be tricky to identify at a glance which window was new and which were original. Sometimes, the best Versatile solutions are the ones that are impossible to identify!

Double Hung Window

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