The Cooper

Linking the Past to Present: New apartments keep historic building element

“The design honors the rich history of the location by refurbishing the original cast-iron façade built into 1874 by Royer Brothers of Philadelphia, who are also known for the iconic façade work of The Grand Opera just up the street.”

The Cooper integrates the façade of a historic furniture building into a five-story, 92-unit multi-family complex between North Market and King Streets. The site was formerly occupied by Cooper’s Home Furniture store built in 1894. The original historic cast-iron facade was preserved and supported structurally. Now, that facade is the elegant face of The Cooper. The facade integrates two separate glass-filled residential buildings surrounding an open courtyard with direct sunlight. An additional glass walkway also links the buildings on the Market Street side.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Commercial, Multi-Family Residential
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Primary Material:
Concrete, Steel

Project Highlights

  • Determined reinforcements needed for two properties.
  • Designed floor framing and foundation revisions, plus a connector bridge.
  • Detailed structural components and reviewed shop drawings.
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Robert MacIntosh

Principal, Wilmington


I love to solve problems – Sudoku puzzles, crosswords, cryptograms, brain teasers. Then, there’s combining problem solving with math, drawings and construction that is our trade by nature. By never settling for ‘cookie cutter’ solutions, but instead developing tailored engineering designs specific to each project… well, that makes for a very rewarding career.”

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