Smith Bros’ Hardware Building May Add Rooftop Patio Event Venue
The Dock 580 event venue adjacent to the Smith Bros’ Hardware Building already has one of the best skyline views of Downtown Columbus, but the building’s owners plan to kick that up a notch if they can gain approval to build out a rooftop patio on top of the iconic six-story structure.
“The two Dock 580 venues have been so popular that we have been looking around town for another venue,” explained Todd Kemmerer, Principle at Capitol Equities and owner of Smith Bros’. “Rooftops are so popular across the country that we think it will be a perfect fit for Smith Bros’ if we can get it approved.”
Kemmerer, who previously served as President of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, said that they’re sensitive to the historic nature of the building, and confirmed that the low profile of the rooftop addition shouldn’t detract from the current look of the building. Capitol Equities first worked to restore the building in 1997, repairing extensive damage from a fire in 1994, and plans for a rooftop addition date back to those original renovations.
“We put stanchions in the top floor to support a deck area way back in 1997, and here we are 19 years later,” said Kemmerer, noting that the proposed plans are more elaborate than what was originally envisioned in the late nineties.
The proposed project will get its first conceptual review by the Downtown Commission during the January 26th meeting. If constructed as planned, the 12,000 square foot rooftop venue would include 8,920 square feet of banquet hall space along with a new kitchen and bathrooms. The banquet hall would feature a retractable glass roof and walls that could open up in fair weather to a view of the Downtown skyline.
All renderings by Architectural Alliance.