With a desirable location along the new 5th Avenue Streetcar line, The Failing Building, built in 1909, was a prime candidate for a significant building renovation. Waterleaf redesigned this adaptive reuse on the ground floor and second level storefronts, replacing the 1950’s era façade. The new design reflects the historic character of the building, while incorporating contemporary detailing and materials. Key elements of the original building façade, where available, were retained, and new materials such as the marble base were incorporated to blend the old with the new.
Additional improvements and renovations to the building include seismic upgrades, remodeling of interior public spaces and other tenant improvement work making it available for creative commercial offices and mixed use.