When approached by our client with the concept of an intellectually stimulating, 1930’s soda fountain-inspired bar in San Diego’s University Heights neighborhood, BASILE immediately went to work on reinforcing the site’s neglected and unsound structure. After peeling back layers of woodwork and façade, an entirely new building was ultimately created within the framework of the original 1920s-era home underneath. Once the building’s timber A-frame was exposed, steel support beams were retrofitted and a new glass ceiling installed. The façade was transformed with floor-to-ceiling brass and steel windows inspired by antique wood paneled doors, bringing light into the space and emphasizing the venue’s neighborhood vibe. Numerous custom details lend themselves to its vintage vibe, including oak wood wainscotting accented with gold medallions, marble floor with brass inlay and reclaimed sculptured candelabra columns sandblasted to their original casted brass. The 100-foot marble bar is lined with custom-cast iron, velvet-cushioned stools and topped with BASILE built glass and mirrored Lazy Susans. Behind it a massive, state-of-the-art 46-tap system serves beer, wine, spirits and coffee. Through the use of timeless materials and a strong urban aesthetic, BASILE created an award-winning relaxed corner bar with modern elements inspired by classic details.