Empress Redevelpment

The evolution of loosing and rebuilding after the loss of a historic structure in downtown Laramie, Wyoming.
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Last Summer we started a consulting project for long time Eugene Italian Restaurant, Ambrosia. Lot’s more to come for this historic es...

Last Summer we started a consulting project for long time Eugene Italian Restaurant, Ambrosia. Lot’s more to come for this historic es.

Empress Theater (now the empty Fox Hole :( and Frazier's Garage (to the right) now home to the Cowboy Saloon.

This grand theater was located on the north end of downtown Laramie at 112 S. The Empress, then Fox Theater, closed in the late and the building was demolished in

Wyoming, Wyoming Cowboys

Wyoming, Wyoming Cowboys

The collapse of the roof led to the destruction of the old Fox Theater. After lengthy conversations with the building owners and numerous studies, it was determined that the building could not be saved. The City of Laramie removed it at a cost of $1 million dollars in 2008.

The collapse of the roof led to the destruction of the old Fox Theater. After lengthy conversations with the building owners and numerous studies, it was determined that the building could not be saved. The City of Laramie removed it at a cost of $1 million dollars in 2008.

Main Street

Simon Contractors digging out the foundation for the new Empress building, July 11, 2017.

Simon Contractors digging out the foundation for the new Empress building, July

Digging out the foundation for the new Empress building, July 11, 2017.

Digging out the foundation for the new Empress building, July

West entrance for Big Hollow facing the alley and their customer parking lot. This design is more modern and playful as there are no design guidelines for the "back" of buildings downtown.

West entrance for Big Hollow facing the alley and their customer parking lot. This design is more modern and playful as there are no design guidelines for the "back" of buildings downtown.

East entrance for Big Hollow, facing 2nd Street. Traditional design to complement the historic fabric that exists on this street.

East entrance for Big Hollow, facing Street. Traditional design to complement the historic fabric that exists on this street.

A concept for the south wall facing the courtyard behind Cowgirl Yarn!

A concept for the south wall facing the courtyard behind Cowgirl Yarn!

Design concepts for the east and west view of the new Empress!

Design concepts for the east and west view of the new Empress!

Sneak peak at the west and east facades for the new Empress! #infill #empresson #fillthehole

Sneak peak at the west and east facades for the new Empress!

Picking interior colors for the new Empress! #fillthehole #empresson

Picking interior colors for the new Empress!

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