The Shimer Estate
The Shimer Estate is a unique signature project in the Jaindl Properties portfolio: while it consisted solely of 1519 W. Hamilton Street originally, Jaindl Properties purchased the sister building at 1516 W. Court Street in June 2014, uniting the full estate for the first time in more than three decades.
The Shimer Building
The main home, originally built in 1907, was constructed with turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture and design elements. Originally commissioned for Mr. Alexander Shimer, who served as one of the founding members of Lehigh Portland Cement with General Trexler, the home was renamed to commemorate The Shimer Family upon the acquisition of the site by Jaindl Properties in 2011.
1519 Hamilton, now known as The Shimer Building, was outfitted for the company’s headquarters immediately following it’s addition to the company’s portfolio. The building was restored to its original historical integrity during its 2012 renovation: drop ceilings and fluorescent lights were removed from throughout the building, original lighting fixtures were detailed and rewired, wire molding was removed throughout the building and all original hardwood flooring was exposed and restored.
The site was also outfitted with the modern day conveniences and luxuries expected of modern Class A office space: a brand new high-efficiency HVAC system was installed throughout all four levels of the building, fiber telecommunications were introduced into the building and services all offices, security systems were installed throughout the premises and all electrical systems were upgraded to ensure ample, and safe, power to each area of the building.
The Shimer Building currently offers eight luxury offices, an office suite (complete with secretary station, office, marble bathroom and kitchenette), a primary conference room, kitchen space, two fully-updated bathrooms, and storage and/or additional office space in both the basement and third level. Hardwood floors with ornate inlays are located throughout the building along with marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, hand-cut marble floors in bathrooms and marketing rooms and intricate mystique wood pillars, wall panels and molding.
The Carriage House
The Carriage House, constructed simultaneously with 1519 W. Hamilton Street in 1907, served as the main home’s stables. As personal automobiles grew in popularity Mrs. Shimer had the carriage house converted into a mixed-use garage and guest house combination in order to accommodate out of town guests and house staff members. The Shimer Estate was later sold to a local attorney and U.S. Congressman, Fred Gernerd, in 1924 after Mrs. Shimer’s passing. The Carriage House remained part of the property until Mr. Gernerd’s daughter, Margaret St. Mary, moved from the main home to the Carriage Guest House and sold the main home to a local real estate firm.
The Carriage House still boasts many of its original features amongst it’s 3,996 square feet. Jaindl Properties will be putting the home under renovation in 1Q 2015, converting the apartments into Class A Office.
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