When fires occur in historical buildings, the restoration process itself can be a whole different ballgame. Building codes, historical artwork and furnishings, preservation—the most extreme care and attention to detail is needed to restore historic properties back to normal…or even better than before.
In early June 2016, a fire broke out at the popular PerrysBurgers restaurant in downtown Perrysburg, Ohio. Located in the historic district, in a building that was at least 100 years old (or more), PerrysBurgers is known to locals as the best place in town to go for “Uncommon Burgers & Unending Fries.”
The fire started downstairs in the storage room and was contained there, but the damage was more extensive—an estimated $100,000 to the restaurant and the vacant upstairs apartment per WTOL 11.
Cousino Restoration was called to the scene to serve as the lead on PerrysBurgers’s restoration and emergency response. “Our goal was to save the integrity of the whole building,” stated Cousino Restoration Project Manager, Keith Tammarine. And that’s what they did.
Working together with the owner, Tammarine and his crew not only restored the building but also:
1) Upgraded all of their systems (plumbing, heating, etc.)
2) Uncovered and preserved old works and structures (like a wall that hadn’t been exposed in over 100 years)
3) Vastly increased the real estate value of the upstairs apartment, which is owned by the PerrysBurgers owner