32 Market Ave SW - Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Corner Bar

Project Details

  • Location:
    31 N Main St
    Rockford, MI 49341
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  • Value: $1,200,000
  • Size: 10,000 sqft
  • Schedule
    November 1, 2017 to August 23, 2018
Jeff Wolfe
Owner, Corner Bar
Dan Henrickson
Architect, Henrickson Architecture
Project Executive:
Roger Rehkopf
Chief Executive Officer

Project Summary

After a fire all but destroyed the preexisting restaurant space, the iconic Corner Bar was rebuilt to restore the historic building while updating the interior to better serve loyal customers and the downtown Rockford community.

Originally built in 1873, the two-story brick structure was braced immediately after the fire was contained.  Over the course of a few weeks, careful demolition allowed the building’s front façade to remain in-tact while the rest of the footprint was being prepared for a new basement foundation.

The new building is being rebuilt with steel and block construction. The work flow between the kitchen and dining room has improved and the interior is being upgraded. A second-floor event space and outdoor patio is getting added on as well.

  • Selective demolition to brace and secure historic elements
  • All new foundation, block and steel construction
  • Added logistics coordination to ensure access to neighboring businesses
We were lucky enough to be able to salvage a few components, including the front façade. It would have been easier to demolish the entire building and start new, but it was important to us to do everything we could to preserve the old walls