Sioux Falls, SD (2022)
AIA SD Honor Award in Architecture

The old Symms-Brownell spark plug factory, built in 1919, is now Click Rain + Lemonly Headquarters. Last I checked, it boasts the only sawtooth roof in Downtown Sioux Falls. Definitely the only tri-colored one.

A friend and real estate agent called me over to a dilapidated building in a tough neighborhood. It was being used as storage by an antique shop.

“It’s in bad shape, but I think I want to buy it. Do you think it could be cool?”

Not blown away by the structure at first – although I think there were some nice fishing rods and a decent mattress in there – I pulled a ceiling tile down to see what we were working with. I saw the old sawtooth skylights and said, “Probably.”

So we set out to fix it up. Our goal was simply to embrace the building’s history and position Click Rain + Lemonly as a hip place to work. A nod to the past, fit for the future.

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