Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thompson Architecture Renovates Event Space on Cobb Lane
Take a stroll down Cobb Lane to reminisce about your favorite times, or make some new memories at this stunning event space remodeled by Thompson Architecture.
Nestled in the heart of Southside, the Cobb Lane Carriage House has been a must-see in Birmingham for over fifty years. Now, thanks to the thoughtful renovation by Thompson Architecture, Birmingham’s oldest carriage house is opening its doors for various community events as is available to rent for everything from receptions to fundraisers, to parties and corporate functions.
According to Derrick Walker of Thompson Architecture, the main goal of the renovation process was to combine the original configuration of the two tenant building into one unit. In addition to creating a single unit, Derrick says, “The low windows that were placed in the original locations of the carriage doors were removed and replaced by taller windows with panels underneath. This allowed a ton of light to flood the space.”
When asked what the challenges of the renovation were, Derrick emphasized the importance of melding the past with the present in a way that could be both aesthetically pleasing and secure. “The main challenge was updating the space without losing any of its charm and appeal. We wanted it to be current and function with today's comforts, but didn't want it to look like a totally new building,” he says. “Care was taken in selection of materials and colors and technique so that the interiors and the exterior became complimentary to each other. Another challenging aspect was making sure the building was structural sound. It's such an old structure, we just didn't want a pretty skin, but we reinforced some walls and completely replaced the roof structure over the main area.”
While the newly updated Cobb Lane Carriage House has undergone some important changes, the space’s historic appeal still remains. According to Derrick, guests can look forward to a secluded outdoor courtyard, stained concrete floors, a custom concrete and glass ledge that he says is “perfect for serving beverages,” and “dynamic” architectural lighting fixtures throughout the building.
Book It Now!
To book a daytime rental Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am-4:00 pm there is a $500 fee for a 3 hour event (price includes a 2 hour set-up and take down). Saturday and Sunday rentals are available for $700 for a 3 hour event. Daytime rentals include the use of 7 round tables, 60 chairs, ivory or black floor length tablecloths, set-up and break down time for caterers, and an on-site Cobb Lane Carriage House staff member. Ideal for luncheons, the windows allow the perfect amount of light to stream in, illuminating the charming space and all who meet within. Cobb Lane Carriage House offers seating for 60 people and standing room for 120.
To book an evening rental from 4:00-10:00, Monday-Thursday, the cost is $750 for a 3 hour event. Friday-Sunday, a cost of $1000 is required of a 3 hour event. A 2 hour set-up and take down time is also included in these prices. Evening rental price includes the use of 7 round tables, 60 chairs, ivory or black floor length tablecloths, set-up and break down time for caterers, an on-site Cobb Lane Carriage House staff member, and valet service for up to 120 guests. Any parties involving alcohol must employ the services of a security guard or off-duty police officer for $25 and $35 per hour, respectively. Alcohol is permitted on the premises, and must be purchased through Cobb Lane Carriage House along with the services of a security guard or off duty police officer for $25 and $35 per hour, respectively. Bartenders may be supplied for an additional $30 per hour.
For additional information, contact Ashley Thompson at 205.930.9305 or 205.999.8021. Cobb Lane Carriage House is located at 1314 Cobb Lane.
—by Jamie S. Walden, Birmingham Home & Garden Intern
—floral arrangements provided by HotHouse