Photography: Larry Lambrecht, Mark P. Finlay Architects
Set adjacent to train tracks in a quaint southern Connecticut town, this 15,000-square-foot Italianate commercial building evokes New England train stations of the past. Constrained by height restrictions, the architect came up with a creative solution to house three separate businesses, each requiring their own distinct floor, inside the building. Constructed into a sloping hill, the building has a lower level street entrance in front and a first floor rear entrance that opens to a parking lot. By utilizing double-height spaces, the firm was able to include three floors in what appears to be a two story structure. The building, which serves as the office for Mark P. Finlay Architects and Mark P. Finlay Interiors, has become a new landmark in Southport center.