March 6th, 2014
John Hagefstration restores a rare historic home and creates the ideal space to display his remarkable collection of photographs.
Written and photographed by Graham Yelton
March of 2011 was a busy time for John Hagefstration. While working full time in the commercial real estate development business at Graham & Company, he started developing a project with 36 houses on Smith Lake, and he was also serving as chairman of the Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity and was president of the Photography Guild. As if that wasn’t enough, he decided to buy and restore one of Birmingham’s most interesting mid-century homes, the Trophy House.
Fifty years prior, Al and Becky Woodward hired famed Birmingham architect Henry Sprott Long to design a guesthouse just 100 feet from their current home on Cherokee Road. The family enjoyed hunting and had acquired an impressive amount of large game trophies, including a full-size black bear. They were looking for the perfect place to display their trophies. The “Trophy House” was featured on the 1962 Advent Church of the Cathedral spring home tour, and Becky Woodward was quoted as saying that “the house was designed for people, animals, and parties and had served well in all capacities.” The Woodward family sold both homes in 1972, and the Trophy House then had separate ownership and began to be remodeled as a residence.
The home sat on the market for some time before Hagefstration finally had a vision for its restoration. Over the years, the home had been expanded and remodeled several times using materials and styles that were not consistent with the original home, so it was in need of extensive remodeling when he purchased it. He hoped that the open floor plan, mid-century style, high ceilings, and vast wall space might give him the opportunity to display his own set of trophies: his photography collection.
He enlisted the services of Ben Shepard and Darla Davis, of Shepard & Davis Architects, to come up with a new floor plan that harmonized the house and made it appear as if the home had been constructed at the same time using the same materials. Every inch of the home was remodeled, including new plumbing, wiring, HVAC, bathrooms, and the demolition of two prior additions to the house so that the floor plan could function better. Hagefstration worked closely with Steve Horton of HD Innovations during the construction phase of the project, which began in May. Seven months later, Hagefstration and his golden retriever, Ally, moved into the house.
In preparation for the new home and new style, Hagefstration held a very successful “estate” sale and sold virtually everything that he owned. Almost immediately, he began working with Birmingham interior designer Andrew Brown. “I had seen his work before and really liked his style, which is influenced by living in France and Africa when he was in high school. We worked on assembling unique furnishings that span from the 1920s to present era to create a unique style that fit with the new house, without looking like a typical ‘mid century modern style,’” says Hagefstration. Brown started buying furniture the moment Hagefstration closed on the purchase of the property. That process continued for almost a year after Hagefstration moved into the house. “It really does take a lot of time to get the right layers of furniture, and that process emerges over time,” he says.
The end result is sophisticated and urban, yet comfortable. Upon entering the home, you cannot help but notice the antique 1920s doorknobs, original to the house and purchased from England by Mrs. Woodward herself. The original kitchenette has been transformed into a bar and is perfectly situated by the entry. The vast space in the living room proved to be a challenge, but was utilized by creating several different seating areas, each with a perfectly curated gallery of photos. The staircase at the far end of the room takes you into the newly added kitchen and dramatic dining space. The chic red and gold guest bedroom is also situated on the second floor.
Another short flight of stairs takes you into the cozy library den, Hagefstration’s favorite room, which is lacquered in a dark green paint and lined with photography books and animal themes. “We decided to pay homage to the history of the house by incorporating a good bit of furnishings that use animal heads or forms,” he explains. Just off of the den is the crisp, white office, which is layered from floor to ceiling with black and white photos. Another guest bedroom, this one serene and minimal, sits adjacent to the office.
A series of Brooklyn Bridge images are assembled at the top of the stairs that bridge the third floor with the master bedroom on the fourth floor. The bedroom is a playful array of bold textures and dramatic patterns. The bedroom and bathroom open up seamlessly to the backyard pool and lounge areas, all nestled in picturesque wooded seclusion.
Hagefstration certainly has an eye for buying and displaying photography, but admits he had some guidance from Suzanne Stephens of the Birmingham Museum of Art. “Her knowledge of the history of photography is amazing, and she has really helped me build my collection,” he says.
Over the last decade, Hagefstration has developed an impressive photography collection that spans 120 years. His oldest photograph, Alfred Stieglitz’s “The Terminal” dates back to 1893. “The display of my photography collection played a major role in how the home was designed. It influenced the style of the furnishings to some degree. The entire interior, other than the den, is painted white. I wanted the walls to be neutral so that the art would be the focal point—like in a museum—but the home has a much warmer feeling with the furniture and fabrics that we selected,” he says.
Hagefstration adds 10–20 photos to his collection every year and sells or donates pieces that he’s ready to part with. He recently donated 12 pieces to the BMA, including several Ansel Adams prints. Currently the BMA has two Bernice Abbott photographs on loan in the well-received Vanguard Views show. Hagefstration also has three photographs on loan for the opening of the Abrom-Engle Institute for the Visual Arts at UAB. “My art tends to move around a lot!” he says. At least now it has the perfect Trophy House to come home to.
Check out the article: http://b-metro.com/portrait-of-perfection/14513/
February 26th, 2014
Former Chrysler manufacturing plant will be the new home to Remington Outdoor Co.
Graham & Co Huntsville represented The Chrysler Group in the disposition of its former manufacturing facility at 100 Electronics Boulevard. Jeremy D. Pope, CCIM, SIOR, Vice President worked with Chrysler to complete the transaction, and the deal represents a state-wide capital investment of $110 million. Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co. will occupy the facility, bringing an anticipated 2,000 new jobs to the Huntsville/Madison County area. Located in Jetplex Industrial Park, the plant is comprised of 843,000 SF; 272,800 SF office/lab space and 570,000 SF of manufacturing space.
Read more here: http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/02/report_firearms_manufacturer_r.html
February 24th, 2014
ThyssenKrupp’s $13 million facility in Woodstock, AL.
Graham & Co., an industrial real estate developer, has completed a 100,000 square foot industrial facility located 23 acres in Woodstock, AL, a suburb of Birmingham. The project is a build to suit development for ThyssenKrupp Materials North America Inc., who processes and distributes a full line of aluminum, stainless, copper, brass, specialty metals, steel and plastics products that are used in the production of automobiles, commercial food equipment, HVAC equipment and more. The facility in Woodstock produces materials such as carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel. Ogden Deaton, SIOR of Graham & Co. represented ThyssenKrupp Materials in the site selection and development. The design team includes contractor Cooper Construction and architect Designform.
Please enjoy this 3:00 minute timelapse video of the development: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP27Xq5hKqY
February 20th, 2014
John Coleman, SIOR represented Precision High Voltage which is opening a $4 million Birmingham facility.
Precision High Voltage Systems has opened its $4 million, 15,000-square-foot facility at 3130 Third Ave. South in Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Precision High Voltage Systems has opened its new $4 million manufacturing and testing facility in Birmingham, expected to create up to 20 jobs, the Birmingham Business Alliance announced today.
Precision High Voltage Systems, a division of Birmingham-based Jay Electric Co., manufactures formed coils for high voltage machinery used for industrial uses. The 15,000-square-foot facility at 3130 Third Ave. South in Birmingham is the former Mill & Textile Supply building.
The development also includes a testing facility for onsite quality testing of its products.
“The combination of the adapted facility and the latest technology in our production equipment gives Precision High Voltage the ability to be a leading U.S. producer of high voltage coils,” Chad McCowan, chief operating officer of Jay Electric, said in a release. “We are very excited about this opportunity.”
McCowan said Jay Electric invested in new, state-of-the-art equipment for the facility, including a robotic taper used to wrap insulation protection on the formed coils. National Bank of Commerce in Birmingham financed the facility.
McCowan said the company’s work in medium-voltage machines led to the formation of Precision High Voltage.
The new company will be the only high-voltage coil provider in the U.S. focused mainly on motor service repair, McCowan said, and it has recruited three top-level managers to the Birmingham area – including Patrick Nisevich as general manager, with combined high-voltage experience of 75 years.
Attracting industry specific, top-tier talent to the Birmingham area is an important signal, according to Dr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and vice chairman of economic development for the Birmingham Business Alliance.
“The best of the best are finding a welcome home in the Birmingham region,” Watts said in a release. “More and more professionals are realizing that Birmingham’s quality of life is superior.”
Jay Electric employs more than 200 people through the manufacture of formed coils for medium voltage machinery – which it has done since 1984 through its subsidiary Precision Coil and Rotor on East Lake Boulevard – and through its three motor services facilities in Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.
“Our city is enjoying a period of growth unsurpassed in our history, and we are very appreciative of the continued confidence the company has shown in the future of Birmingham,” Birmingham Mayor William Bell said in a release.
February 19th, 2014
This building in Shelby Commerce Park is the new centralized distribution center for PRADCO Outdoor Brands.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Graham & Co. recently completed deals worth more than $5 million, including a 263,240-square-foot industrial deal for PRADCO Outdoor Brands, an EBSCO Industries Co.
Graham’s Sonny Culp represented the landlord in leasing 263,240 square feet at 3280 Shelby Commerce Park to PRADCO Outdoor Brands. PRADCO will use the facility as the centralized distribution center for its products, including 21 brands under PRADCO Fishing, Moultrie cameras and feeders, Summit Treestands, Knight & Hale game calls, Code Blue scents and attractants, and Wingscapes cameras and bird feeders.
“This is going to bring tremendous value and benefits to our customers,” Ron Ten Berge. PRADCO president, said in a release. “The opening of this state-of-the-art distribution center means one order, one shipment, one invoice for all our branded products to retailers worldwide.”
Ten Berge said manufacturing and operations will continue at two key locations – Decatur for Summit and Knight & Hale and Fort Smith, Ark. for PRADCO Fishing.
Establishing a Birmingham corporate office is also part of the new expansion, Ten Berge said.
“The senior leadership team will be joined by brand managers, marketing managers and support staff,” Ten Berge said. “We are excited about the opportunity not only to consolidate our management team, but also the ability to communicate and collaborate at a high level.”
More Graham & Co. deals:
Culp also handled V.P. Logistics’ 34,800-square-foot lease renewal at 260 Lyon Lane. Culp also teamed with Graham’s Jordan Tubb to represent the seller of the former 37,624-square-foot Booksmart facility at 105 25th St. South. JH Berry & Gilbert represented the purchaser.
Tubb also represented the seller of an 8,530 square foot industrial building at 2780 Pinson Valley Parkway. Engel Realty Co. represented the purchaser.
Graham’s Jack Brown represented the buyer of a 76,000-square-foot warehouse with shop and office space on five acres at 575 37th St. North. Red Rock Realty Group represented the seller. Brown also represented the seller of a 53,000-square-foot building at 160 Cleage Drive to Royal Cup, which was represented by EGS Commercial Real Estate.
Graham’s Ogden Deaton represented Irondale Distribution Center in leasing 18,000 square feet of industrial space to Vulcan Industries, which was represented by Tortorigi Properties.
Deaton also represented the landlord of 280 Lyon Lane in leasing 7,540 square feet to Red Mountain Greenway and Recreation Area Commission, which was represented by Red Rock Realty Group Inc.
Deaton also represented the Distribution Center in Irondale in leasing 7,575 square feet of warehouse space to Hardy Corp., which was represented by Chase Commercial. Deaton also represented the Distribution Center in leasing 11,250 square feet to Grimco, represented by NAI Global Corporate Solutions.
[ Read article at al.com]
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