This tax act rehabilitation project consisted of refurbishing a late 19th Century commercial building on Oxford’s historic courthouse square, converting it from its long time use a drug store into a bookstore.
The second floor which had at one time served as offices and had subsequently fallen into disuse, was incorporated into the renovation and converted to retail use. This second story retail was the first two floor retail ever offered on the square and it has proved to be successful. In order to preserve the sense of divided space which originally characterized the second story offices and, at the same time provide an open retail floor which could be properly monitored, the architects removed the walls but left the door frames and transoms as markers of the original construction.
The second floor also houses a small café.Square Books Website