Mike Wolfe Restoration

Category
Restore/Repurpose
About This Project

“American Pickers” television star, Mike Wolfe envisioned this 1898 brick building as a multi-use, retail and event space preserving the charm of “old Nashville.” Several Nashville commercial contractors told Wolfe they were not interested in trying to restore the building.  Most people thought the building should be torn down.  Architect Nick Dryden ask Dowdle to look at the building and the preliminary drawings.  We looked and said, “this will be a fun project, when can we start?”  

As lead contractor, Dowdle Construction brought Wolfe’s vision to reality by restoring the dilapidated building with a collapsed roof and no floors into a chic industrial space with exposed brick walls and steel beams that frame the building and provide structural support.

The building was built by a Hungarian Jew as a grocery store in 1898.  The family lived upstairs.  From 1912 to 944 the Saigh family of Syria ran the grocery business and lived upstairs.  For more fascinating history of the building follow the links below.

https://www.tennessean.com/story/money/2017/04/09/ambitious-mike-wolfe-rehab-project-host-barbershop-tattoo-parlor-north-nashville/99725700/

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2014/12/01/mike-wolfe-american-pickers-historic-restoration/19733923/

http://www.antiquearchaeology.com/blog/mike-wolfe-breathes-life-into-old-property-jo-jonston-renovation/