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January 2017

The Anchorage Opens in West Greenville

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Greenville’s repute as a once burgeoning, now coming-of-age gastronomic destination is a marvel to which even the New York Times lends recent credence. The city’s seemingly overnight ascension to credibility among epicures rests largely on the restaurants that champion efforts of local farms to supply kitchens with fresh ingredients for updated vernacular fare. The Anchorage is no exception; in commissioning Craig Gaulden Davis to reimagine a neglected structure in the Village of West Greenville, the restaurant’s commitment to homegrown endeavors extends beyond the kitchen and crop field and to the drafting table.

The Anchorage charged CGD with giving their decrepit 2,400 SF space a neighborly feel and sense of community while preserving the historic character unique to the three adjoining structures that comprise the overall edifice. Design leader Stuart Stenger incorporated rough sawn wood members, re-exposed brick walls, and custom millwork sawn from reclaimed beams onsite. Greenville artists and artisans were commissioned to furnish artwork and custom pendants. A rotted portion of the second story floor was demolished, creating opportunity for a soaring entry space; progressing into the dining area, the room constricts to be more intimate. Whitewashed joists and tongue and groove ceilings overhead soften the experience, affording a dining ambiance distinctive to a place rising to a modernity that is contentedly rooted in the past.

New Year, New Website

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It has largely been business as usual at CGD over the last several months. Computers boot and coffee drips each morning; proposals and drawing sets go out the door. The in-office putt-putt tournaments were played and the jacket and cups awarded.

But, even as our e-newsletter (which we hope you receive) went out on time each month, broken links and outdated templates resulted in our web presence appearing stale. As a way of ushering in the firm’s 60th anniversary year, it is a thrill to unveil our newly designed site. Our intent is that this site will prove more stable and agile across platforms, provide a coherent overview of who we are and what we offer as design professionals, and simply be more aesthetically appealing. Firmness, commodity, delight – the three Vitruvian principles of design we learn in school and apply in all of our work. Thank you for stopping by.