23 Perry | AIA Atlanta
Merit Award

23 Perry

  • Year: 2023
  • Entry Categories: Single-Family – Contemporary

23 Perry

Deeply inspired by the intricate dance between history and modernity, which infuses life into the transformation of the 100-plus-year-old former Georgia Cigar Factory in downtown Newnan. Our vision was to create a modern loft residence that pays homage to the building’s rich heritage while blending in contemporary luxuries. With careful restoration and innovative design, we embraced the past and envisioned the future, giving birth to a true modern industrial aesthetic that stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of architecture.

Nestled in the heart of historic downtown Newnan, the factory held a special place in the community’s heart. Our responsibility was to respect and cherish this legacy while transforming it into a living space that would make the past proud.

Meticulous preservation of the building’s original features was at the heart of this restoration. The soul of the factory lies in the warmth of its heart-pine beams. With great care, we repurposed these timeworn beams into stunning interior cladding for the stairwell, celebrating their rustic beauty. Every brick reclaimed from demolition found its place in the reconstructed façade, a testament to the factory’s resilience and the sustainable spirit of our design.

Beyond the historical boundaries of the four exterior walls, our design vision unfolded with creativity. A complete renovation brought forth a blend of old-world charm and cutting-edge amenities.

With 7,000 square feet of living space, the loft exudes grandeur and openness. The original exterior walls were retained to maintain the factory’s character. Every element, from sleek finishes to state-of-the-art appliances, was thoughtfully curated to create an environment of indulgence and comfort.

No detail was overlooked, and designer details abound, reflecting our passion for perfection. The spaces not only look beautiful but also serve the needs of modern life effortlessly.

The result is a modern loft residence that encapsulates the spirit of the past while embracing contemporary luxuries. It is a living testament to architectural restoration and the harmonious coexistence of history and innovation.

In conclusion, the restoration of the former Georgia Cigar Factory into a modern loft residence has been a journey of passion, creativity, and respect for the past. This project exemplifies our commitment as architects to embrace the legacy of historical structures and envision their potential for the future. The building stands tall in downtown Newnan, celebrating the spirit of small-town living while inviting the luxuries of big-city life, culminating in a harmonious fusion of the old and the new. We are proud to have been a part of this transformation, and we hope that this residence will continue to inspire generations to come.

  • FirmLightroom Studio, LLC
  • Project LocationNewnan, Georgia
  • Completion DateJanuary 1, 2018
  • OwnerCompass - Matthew Doyle
  • Architects and Designers Dr. William Carpenter FAIA
    Chad D. Reineke AIA, RIBA, IIDA, Ncarb
  • General ContractorJW Construction Management