In the fall of 2016, i4architecture moved into our new office at 12 St Paul Street in the historic downtown Port Arthur district in Thunder Bay. The building was purchased for its distinct location and rich historic presence – originally occupied by The Chronicle Printing Company in 1909, the firms intent is to restore as much of the original building character that is in keeping with the current context developing along St Paul Street.
Previously bricked in windows have been re-opened along the Cooke Street façade and work has begun removing the previously installed aluminum siding and paint that covers the historic brick and cornice work, already revealing the former “Evening Chronicle” painted across its St Paul Street façade. Interior renovations were completed in the 4,000 sq.ft. main floor space to create a vibrant, warm and creative environment that incorporates new glass demountable partitions, new LED lighting, vinyl plank and carpet tile flooring and new modular furniture throughout.
The new space welcomes our clients and colleagues with a mural of the former Chronicle Printing Company and original property deed set back off the lobby with its faux brick veneer walls and stamped decorative aluminum ceiling – leading your eye into the office and studio area with its open concept and glass partitions supplemented with the natural light from the re-claimed window openings.