Preserving a mixed-use landmark

August 11, 2010

In the 1970s, WestPac Shelter Corp., Santa Barbara, Calif., decided to purchase and renovate a historic 1855 downtown building, knowing it would face several challenges. A 1925 earthquake caused damage to the building, and each of 76 windows on the second story that needed replacement had different dimensions.

The project required architecturally accurate wood replacement windows, and a supplier was found that had the ability to create custom-sized windows for the historic facility. "The hardest part of the window replacement was getting out the original windows," stated Mark Pananides, manager of the downtown Santa Barbara WestPac offices. The structure, known as the Fithian Building, stands today as a home to several retail shops and offices for architects, engineers and graphic artists.

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