Warschawski recently completed a $6 million renovation of its new U.S. headquarters. The new office, spanning approximately 20,000 sq. ft., is a complete renovation and modernization of the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, located in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore.
When Warschawski took ownership of the building, it had been vacant for a number of years and was in very poor condition, with rain coming into the building in a number of areas.
David Warschawski, CEO of Warschawski, spearheaded the ideation and design for the complete gut-renovation of the building, while ensuring the history of the building was preserved. All of the architectural layout and interior design was created and completed by the Warschawski team.
“We wanted to make a statement. If we can re-imagine a 100-year old church that was dilapidated and vacant for many years and make it function and look like it does now -- just imagine what we can do for our clients from both a creative and ROI perspective,” commented David Warschawski.
“As a creative agency, it is extremely gratifying to be able to ideate something from scratch and then see it come to life, and in this case, as an amazing final product that is 100% reflective of our brand and who we are as an agency.”
As our agency continued to grow, especially our sophisticated digital marketing practice, we needed space to expand and accommodate growth for the coming years. Warschawski also wanted a place that people would love to come to work every day, and that helped it continue to recruit the best talent in all marketing communications disciplines, especially in digital marketing.
We worked hard to create a place that reflects our brand and who we are — exciting, energetic, full of sunshine and natural light, collaborative, fun, vibrant and aesthetically top notch. We believe that we’ve created one of the most exciting and successful renovation projects on the East Coast. Warschawski now has one of the coolest, most modern and aesthetically pleasing office spaces in the city and in the agency world.
One of the highlights of the renovation was the creation of a huge two-story multi-media room where Warschawski can film videos and advertisements, as well as conduct photography shoots for clients. This enables Warschawski’s in-house team of videographers and photographers to quickly respond to needs like social media videos, image-based content, or crisis communications videos. The all brick studio also doubles as a space for Warschawski to hold large meetings, networking events and conferences.
Renovation Highlights Include: the creation of an entire new mezzanine section and two flying staircases leading up to the new level, the addition of an ADA accessible elevator, the creation of 2 new commercial kitchens, 4 new conference rooms, a Creative Clubhouse, and the addition of 8 new bathrooms and 4 showers in the office, so people can use the hike and bike trail right outside the office.
Historical Preservation Highlights Include: removing and transporting all the original stained glasswork and having them installed as a complete set in a newly-built church in Nicaragua, restoration of the original art-work to make it look like new, including a complete re-gold leafing of one wall, refurbishing the original heavy wooden front doors to the building, preserving the original all-wooden ceiling and refurbishing the original light fixtures from the church.