309 Monterey, a container office project in Midtown designed by local Fitzsimmons Architects, recently won the 2014 American Institute of Architects Central States Region award.
Built in 1947, this historic former Chrysler-Plymouth sales and service shop is now home to an open-air, 21,000-plus square-foot office suite.
Most recently used as a warehouse, previous owners added a drop ceiling, which covered the skylights and interior steelwork. With the help of Fitzsimmons, now the 35-foot-high skylight fills the space with natural light. The stand-out feature of the industrially designed space is a row of 13 stacked shipping containers. The 8-foot-by-20-foot structures feature glass walls at each end to reveal dry-walled and painted interiors. Stairs lead to a catwalk that connects the top containers.
The building’s four original garage doors, which were hidden above the ceiling, were also restored, and two similar ones were added.
Giving nod to the original Chrysler Plymouth signs that once graced the building, new blue letters spelling out Monterey, the current owner, sit atop the gray brick exterior.
— Media release edited by Jennifer Chancellor