Brim and Crown

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Architectural Design / Restoration & Renovation
  • Company/Firm
    Beinfield Architecture
  • Lead Designer
    Bruce Beinfield
  • Design Team
    James Wassell, Seelan Pather, Cristian Gonzalez, Jessica Sansevera, Carol Beinfield
  • Architect
    Beinfield Architecture
  • Interior Designer
    Jessica Sansevera, Carol Beinfield
  • Const. Company
    A Papajohn Company
  • Location
    East Norwalk, CT
  • Project Date
    March 2020

The Brim & Crown project involves the adaptive reuse of the Hat Corporation of America factory constructed in 1929, into residential use. The building contains 42 residential units, first floor offices & retail, a restaurant, and a co-working component. The raw industrial character of the factory’s concrete structure is celebrated with salvaged windows and exposed steel structures, used to define interior spaces. The look and feel of the interior takes inspiration from depictions of the basement of the chateau in France where the Rolling Stones recorded their Exile of Main Street album. The lounge, illuminated by crystal chandeliers, becomes a great hang out space by day and party space by night. Reclaimed wood floors, clad select elements and new materials maintain and enhance the industrial quality of the existing building, including sheets of raw steel and exposed OSB. Perimeter walls were covered in a graffiti mural by a well-known Bronx graffiti artist Duster UA, to provide color and vibrant contrast while remembering the building’s past lives.

Other prizes
103 Awards including AIA, BLT Awards, ASID, IDA and local magazine/town awards.