MAIN STREET BUILDING RESTORED
A+ Entertainment moves business into renovated Souderton building
“The building was all brick, so we had the whole interior sandblasted to bring out the brick.” — Jim Butler, describing the work done to the building at 152 N. Main St. in Souderton
SOUDERTON » When father and son Jim and Dan Butler bought 152 N. Main Street in Souderton last year, they were advised to tear down the three-and-a-half car garage on the property.
“The building was very decrepit,” Jim Butler said.
An old house that was also previously part of the property had already been removed.
Demolition wasn’t what the Butlers had in mind for the old garage building, though.
“We spent the better part of a year renovating it,” Jim Butler said.
The boarded up windows are gone.
“The building was all brick, so we had the whole interior sandblasted to bring out the brick,” Jim Butler said. The building was also power-washed.
The building also has a new
roof, Dan Butler said.
“It was an asbestos roof before that, with holes in it,” Dan Butler said.
The work also included adding electricity, water, sewer and heat, the Butlers said.
Although it had most recently been used for storage, there are signs that the garage was used in the past for automotive service, Jim Butler said.
At the time, the garage was an accessory building to the house, he said.
“They brought electric wire over from the house, but there was no water or sewer or heat in here,” Jim Butler said.
The house was hooked up to the public water and sewer system, although the garage was not, he said.
The Butlers said they tried to keep as much of the original materials as possible while doing the renovations, but also had to make changes such as adding drywall for fire protection.
An interior wall was moved to change what had been an office and parts room into an office and bathroom.
Additional work was also needed to bring the building up to building code requirements, Dan Butler said.
The office is for A+ Entertainment, which provides disc jockey and related entertainment services for parties, weddings and other events. Information on the business is available at www.a-plus-ent.com.
The move brings the business’s office back to Souderton, the Butlers said.
They bought the business in 2007 and initially had the office in rented space on Broad Street in Souderton, then moved to another rented space in Harleysville, before making the move to this building, which they own, Jim Butler said.
“We obviously wanted to restore the building and make it something to be proud of and that the community would be proud to have sitting on Main Street,” he said.
“Now I think it looks really nice,” he said. “We’re happy, very pleased with it.”
One of the sides of 152 N. Main St. in Souderton is shown after the completion of work to restore the former garage building.
Boarded-up windows are shown in this photo taken before new building owners Jim and Dan Butler restored a former garage in Souderton.
A+ Entertainment owner Dan Butler sits in his office in a restored old garage building in Souderton.