The late 19th-century building that now houses Demolition Coffee was known to the project team as “No-Roof” through most of the building’s design and renovation, since a fire had gutted the building and left only fragments of the exterior walls standing. StudioAmmons worked with the developers Dave McCormack and Kris Haase to creatively place a second floor with apartments at the back portion while sensitively keeping the building’s original massing and roofline.
Demolition Coffee occupies the front half of the ground floor with apartments to the rear. The space was designed to reflect a mix of industrial and historic references to the building’s past while serving as Petersburg’s premier coffee shop. The interior has a casual and intimate feel incorporating exposed brick walls, stained concrete floors and concrete counters.