Halstead Architects was founded in Indianapolis in 1993, and has become a strong stakeholder in Marion since adding a second office here in 2008. They are currently celebrating their 10th anniversary in Marion. The local office started with 1 – 2 employees, and is growing to 6 including owner & founder, Mike Halstead, by this summer.
The decision 10 years ago to add a brick & mortar office in Marion stemmed from the work they had undertaken for organizations and contractors and the relationships they were building. At the time, the prominent local architect, Gerald Guy, was retiring, and Halstead was encouraged by the positive direction the city was headed. Contractors encouraged them to start an office locally, so Halstead bought a building on South Washington Street in downtown Marion, renovated it, and set up shop.
Partner, Michelle Doyle, said their expansion into Marion has created a positive trajectory for the firm. Halstead took on projects such as the exterior renovation and mural wall of the Community School of the Arts, the new construction of Riverside Community Federal Credit Union, and the transformation of an old bowling alley into the chic Plaza Green Apartments.
Current events with Halstead Architects are generating energetic chatter with their recent purchase and restoration of the historic Marks Building. The firm’s ambitious timeline for renovation is actually holding true thus far as they plan to have their office suite on the 2nd floor of the building move-in ready by early June. The main floor is being “white-boxed” for move-in ease for a new tenant of whom they hope to operate a restaurant, brewery, or coffee shop. In addition, a one-bedroom market-rate apartment on the 2nd floor behind Halstead’s new office will be ready to lease out later this summer.
Halstead Architects is a general practice firm specializing in commercial, community, multifamily housing, retail, religious, and historic preservation work. Their mission is to provide reliable, progressive, and community-conscious architecture. Halstead is known for many projects in and around Indianapolis and they have developed into a prominent resource in Marion.
Doyle added, “I’m very excited to see all of the energy and development downtown. Groups are working together, taking advantage of our assets such as the Mississinewa River, YMCA, and the Cardinal Greenway. This development [recent building purchases and active projects among several groups] is long overdue, but I’m excited to see how it unfolds in the next couple years. We have a great asset in all of our buildings; our fortuitous past has paved ways for a great future with opportunities.” Doyle explained that Marion’s residents are taking a positive turn. “I’m excited about all the work that citizens are doing. As a firm, we hope to be an integral part of it. We want to keep serving the City of Marion.”
Layla Price, Board Secretary
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