San Antonio: Pearl Stable Renovation to Include Mezzanine, Outdoor Bar and Food Service
Feature Illustration: Concept rendering of the proposed outdoor dining with new food service building and landscaping at the Pearl Stable. Source: Clayton Korte.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The landmark Pearl Stable event center at the Pearl is about to undergo a significant remodel that appears to include a new mezzanine above the ground floor banquet hall, as well as an outdoor bar and food service.
The architect on this Silver Ventures project is requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness for the proposed outdoor amenities. The Historic and Design Review Commission is expected to approve that request at its Nov. 3 regular meeting.
The three outdoor elements that architect Clayton Korte is designing include construction of a bar structure east of the Pearl Stable that will be one story in height . It will have a D’Hanis block and stucco façade with steel windows, metal canopies and a flat roof. The bar will include a service area and restrooms.
The floor plan and façade of the bar building to be constructed in front of the Pearl Stable.
To the immediate northeast of the Stable will be a food service structure, also one story in height. The exterior will have D’Hanis block, a shed roof, steel chimney and steel windows.
There site plan also includes landscaping modifications such as outdoor seating and dining areas, fencing and an overhead trellis system for shading. The Word+Carr Design Group out of Austin prepared the landscaping designs.
The seating area will be comprised of decomposed granite, existing historic railroad tracks and several existing hardscape areas between the Pearl Stable and Avenue A. This area will contain wooden tables and benches with the existing rail line path continuing to be utilized.
Four trees planted in 2005 are to be removed near the existing transformer along Avenue A and five new trees are to be planted to provide shade and enhance the area. Two steel entry trellises supporting landscaping features greet guest upon arrival along Avenue A and at Emme Kohler.
Site plan for the outdoor renovations at the Pearl Stable.
The existing metal fence along Avenue A will remain while a wood fence and gate will protect views into and from the adjacent loading and service area at the Stable near the food service. The proposed fence height is 8 feet-9 inches.
As explained in Clayton Korte’s project narrative, “This project seeks to enhance the existing landscape area via the construction of two accessory buildings along with a variety of seating options. The space between the (bar and food service) buildings will be utilized as a seating area comprised of wooden tables and benches with the existing rail line path continuing to be utilized. Two steel entry trellises supporting landscaping features greet guest upon arrival along Avenue A and at Emme Kohler. Additional new signage and wayfinding for these structures will be submitted at a later date.”
Clayton Korte is also finishing designs for the Pearl Stable remodel, however, those documents are not scheduled to be considered at the HDRC’s Nov. 3 session. The exterior work will be limited to restoring or replacing masonry in the brick façade and restoring the historic windows.
The interior remodel, as described in the proposed floor plans, includes a reconfiguration of the ground floor that will include support columns for a mezzanine. The second floor plan depicts a mezzanine with approximately six rows oriented to face the ground floor stage.
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