A new­cof­fee­house com­ing to Rai­l­yard

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WORK IS UN­DER­WAY ON SKY COF­FEE, THE NEW­EST BUSI­NESS COM­ING TO THE SANTA FE RAI­L­YARD. The shop is lo­cated in the oldWelder’s Sup­ply Build­ing at 1609 Al­caldesa Street, cat­ty­corner across the rail­road tracks from the Vi­o­let Crown Cin­ema.

“Ever since we built Vi­o­let Crown, I’ve very much ad­mired theWelder’s Sup­ply Build­ing and saw a great op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a cof­fee shop in the Rai­l­yard,” said Bill Banowsky, owner of the movie-the­ater group based in Austin. “We have come to be­lieve that the Rai­l­yard is more and­more be­com­ing a cen­ter of ac­tiv­ity in Santa Fe and we think it will be­come even more so in the fu­ture, and the area is with­out a cof­fee shop. It’s been two years sinceThe Sta­tion cof­feeshop closed.”

The small build­ing, a com­bi­na­tion of adobe and frame con­struc­tion, dates to the 1920s. At the time the City of Santa Fe be­gan de­vel­op­ing the old rail yards, it was known as theWelder’s Sup­ply Build­ing. Most re­cently it housed the Bon Marché shop, which owner Les­lie Par­rish has moved to and ex­panded space at 66W. Marcy Street.

The build­ing has a “con­tribut­ing” sta­tus in the city’s his­toric district. It used to be part of theW­hole­sale Builders Sup­ply com­plex of small of­fice struc­tures and long sheds used for stor­age of build­ing ma­te­ri­als. “With one ex­cep­tion, the struc­tures were eval­u­ated in 1997 as non-con­tribut­ing his­toric build­ings,” ac­cord­ing to the Rai­l­yard Mas­ter Plan. “The ex­cep­tion isWelder’s Sup­ply, which in 2001 was eval­u­ated as a con­tribut­ing his­toric struc­ture and is rec­om­mended for adap­tive re­use”— re­mod­el­ing for a new owner or ten­ant while main­tain­ing his­toric ar­chi­tec­tural val­ues.

“The es­sen­tial his­toric build­ing will re­main,” said Tom Easter­son-Bond of WoodMe­talCon­crete Ar­chi­tec­ture. “We’re adding a deck and rail­ing out­side with a take-out win­dow, and the in­side will be for sit-down cof­fee.” The cur­rent wood floor and stamped-tin ceil­ing will be re­tained. Sus­tain­ably har­vested tim­ber will be em­ployed for the out­side deck­ing, and the owner and ar­chi­tect hope to do a pho­to­voltaic sys­tem on the canopy.

“This is not a very large pro­ject, but it’s very ar­chi­tec­turally tightwith a lit­tle bit of con­crete and a lit­tle bit of steel, and it will be very pedes­trian-ori­ented,” Easter­son-Bond said.

“We all love this build­ing and it’s a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion,” said owner/de­vel­oper Rose Ut­ton. “Our deck and take-out win­dow will face the pedes­trian walk along the tracks; we’re try­ing to ac­ti­vate that.” Ut­ton is the de­vel­oper of a num­ber of build­ings in the North Area (Rai­l­yard Gal­leries, LewAllen Gal­leries) and Baca Area (Ris­ing Sun Fine Art Stor­age, Santa FeModern, YaresArt Projects, Art Han­dlers) of the Santa Fe Rai­l­yard. She said re­model con­struc­tion on Sky Cof­fee will be­gin in early May and the shop should be open in ear­lyAu­gust.

Also un­der way in the Rai­l­yard and sched­uled for com­ple­tion this year or early in 2018 are the Twisted Cow Com­pound, a live-work con­do­minium pro­ject in the Baca District de­signed for artists, cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als, and small com­mu­nity non­prof­its; the ex­pan­sion of the SITE Santa Fe con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum; and Rai­l­yard Flats, a 58-unit apart­ment build­ing at 701 Camino de Fa­milia, be­hind SITE Santa Fe.

A ren­der­ing from ar­chi­tect Tom Easter­son-Bond shows what Sky Cof­fee will look like. At left is the “Alameda” pedes­trian walk­way just south of the rail­road tracks and be­hind the cof­fee­house is the old But­ler Build­ing that houses the Santa Fe Home and...

Left, the old Welder’s Sup­ply Build­ing, with graf­fiti, in about 2006 (cour­tesy Santa Fe Rai­l­yard Com­mu­nity Cor­po­ra­tion). Above, in April 2017, ready for re­model (Paul Wei­de­man)

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