Preservation Meets Modern Design
Principles of new urbanism; preservation and adaptive re-use, guided the search for the perfect building for Ciné. Patience over time paid off: The Ciné building at Athens' West Hancock Avenue was built in the 1940s by Downs Motors, a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership. Downs showroom’s history includes the presentation of firsts from Chrysler such as the Town and Country Convertible. The second occupant was a US post office annex, followed most recently by the Snow Tire Company Recap Plant. The outside of the barrel roofed, yellow brick box has been renovated, the historic tin ceiling preserved, and the rest of the empty inside transformed into a modern, industrial space. The well known "Old Snow Tire" building, with its ideal downtown location and its ample 10,000 square feet foot print, has been converted into a new, lively, and stimulating gathering space for Athenians.