205 N. Dewey Street was home to SDS Architects for over 25 years. The structure constructed in 1871 was purchased by Aesthetic Investment in the mid-2000's. At that time, Aesthetic Investment became interested in using the space for their own use, and wished to relocate Volume One Magazine World Headquarters and its Local Store there. SDS moved to a nearby location which better suited their changing work style, while simultaneously working with Aesthetic Investment to renovate the existing building to fit with Volume One's unique and distinctive aesthetic requirements.
In order to accommodate these requirements, the three-story structure was completely gutted and remodeled. Several structural changes, including removal the central stairway and reinforcing the existing roof structure, created key challenges to both the project's design and its construction.
The new design allows an open floor plan to flood the space with natural light, expose the historic brick, and allowed much of the original wood flooring to be restored to its natural beauty. In addition to office spaces, a retail area was created which will more than double The Local Store's current retail space. A small art gallery / multi-purpose event space was created to allow for community events such as book readings, music performances, community discussions, workshops, and film screenings. Flexible work spaces were included to allow freelance community members the opportunity to interact and collaborate with others. Also included in the remodel are two conference rooms, a lounge area, and a kitchen / break room.