400 Granby Street

Building Documentation & Scanning
Historic Building Renovation
Historic Research
Historic Tax Credit Consulting
Local Design Review Consulting



Norfolk, VA



Work Program Architects

Clancy & Theys Construction

Virginia Department of Historic Resources

National Park Service

Project Goals

Assembly is a 5-story, multi-phase project that converted three connected buildings - two historic department stores and a warehouse - into a “community of creative businesses”.

CPG conducted research and assisted the property owner in the project’s early stages to ensure the overall project design allowed the use of historic rehabilitation tax credits for all phases of work.

Project Design

The iconic atrium staircase was strategically maintained and features open areas at each landing.

This design respects the department store’s original layout and offer areas that foster communal interaction.

Challenges & Accomplishments

A strong argument had to be made for the historical connectivity of all three buildings so that tax credits could apply to all phases of work.

Assembly’s collaborative, creative work space that houses numerous design and technology companies is one of a kind in the Downtown Norfolk area. The space is home to private offices, community spaces, and commercial storefronts.