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The Social Still

Client: Social Still, Franklin Hill Vineyards

Schedule: 2014

The Social Still in Bethlehem, PA was the first project to take advantage of the state’s CRIZ (City Revitalization Improvement Zone) designation. MKSD worked closely with the developer, historic consultant, and construction management firm to first renovate the existing shell building and then construct the tenant improvements for the Social Still. The original building was constructed as the Gostonyi Savings & Trust and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Structures, enabling the developer to take advantage of Historic tax credits. Original elements like the vault and door were left in place to highlight the building’s former use.

Restraint was exercised relative to the design of the tenant fit-out with the intent of preserving the existing structure and differentiating the aesthetic of the distillery’s operation. The tanks and columns of the micro-distillery are prominently featured in a glass enclosure behind the bar. Highlighted by color changing LED lighting, the still components create a stunning display at night.