Lofts on Fifth

Situated in the historic district of downtown Fernandina Beach, this project adaptively reuses a non-contributing, vacant three-story masonry structure to deliver nine new urban housing units.  The existing, historically inappropriate classical front porch will be removed and all window systems will be replaced.  Additions to the building exterior include a new entry covering, new private cantilever balconies, and a new rooftop penthouse providing shared space for all unit owners as well as private roof gardens for the top floor residents.

Requiring and receiving approval from the Fernandina Beach Historic District Council, the design language of the new elements comply with the intent of the National Parks Service Historic Design Guidelines while complimenting the character of the original 1960 era building.  New exterior elements are minimal, slightly pulled away and separated from the original construction in their placement and detailed to convey a clear distinction between old and new.  Modern, relevant materials appropriate to a current urban housing aesthetic are used throughout the project.


Lofts on Fifth, LLC


Fernandina Beach, Florida


21,500 gsf


Adaptive Reuse, Exterior Renovations, Interior Renovations, Renovations


Community, Other, Recreation