Hershey Community Building

Hershey, PA

Restoring a Hershey landmark to it's previous glory

During the Great Depression, Milton S. Hershey embarked on his “Great Building Campaign” to bolster the local economy which included the Hershey Community Building located at 14 East Chocolate Avenue and was completed in 1933.
Project Details
The Hershey Company
N/A - Facade restoration
Completion Date
Architecture, Historic
Historic Photo of the Hershey Community Building from the Hershey Community Archives

We listen.

Warehaus was selected to manage the owner’s stewardship of the downtown landmark, providing analysis and documentation necessary to restore the stone building’s many beautiful features.

We design.

The project began with a complete 3D scan of the existing building, recording the high level of architectural detail and allowing the project team to create a Building Information Model (BIM). Warehaus’ expertise in a variety of building materials, including granite, limestone, brick, and terracotta, aided in the analysis required for the restoration. Additional materials used in the detailed facade included wood, steel, brass, bronze, and wrought iron – each requiring their own individual restoration solutions. The project also involved the restoration and replacement of 500+ windows, doors and skylights that included delicate treatment of stain glass windows.
Restoration of windows, doors and skylights at Hershey Community Building
Hershey Community Building Sciences project facade restoration

We deliver.

The team used custom solutions and specialized tools such as video scoping to identify problem areas within the internal downspout system in order to properly manage the water infiltration experienced within the building. Warehaus also coordinated the historically accurate terracotta tile roof along with replicating the highly detailed copper flashings. Warehaus’ internal Historic Preservation team was instrumental in making certain rehabilitation plans met the exacting standards required for a 20% historic tax credit.

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