The Ram's Head Tavern is an
18th Century building located a block off of
Church Circle in historic Annapolis. The building was originally a
residential building never intended to be used as commercial office
space. Halpern Architects was presented with the challenge to
adaptively reuse the residential building, combine it with two adjacent
structures (a dry cleaner and a barber shop), and enclose an open courtyard.
Halpern Architects maximized the impact of the available floor area
through creative use of interior space planning, colors and detailing.
The creative use of space also hid modern HVAC equipment and
contemporary structure details. The bar and equipment layout was
designed for maximum efficiency and the courtyard became a vital
internal circulation link for the commercial complex.
Halpern Architects seamlessly brought the building up to modern codes
and guided the owner through the Historic Preservation Commission
approval process within the project's tight time frame. This allowed
the tavern to open on time.