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Renovation at American Flatbread


New bar area at American Flatbread in Middlebury
New bar area at American Flatbread in Middlebury


American Flatbread opened its Middlebury bakery and restaurant in the Marble Works District, in 2002. This spring, Stark Mountain helped the owners undertake a significant renovation to reconfigure the entrance area and expand the bar.


Bar top made of locally-sourced hardwoods
Bar tops made of locally-sourced hardwoods


The new U-shaped bar seats 18. It has a 2¼” solid wood top made from locally sourced woods including cherry, beech, hickory, white oak, quilted maple and some very old Vermont walnut. On the face of the bar we used Valchromat to make the frames that surround panels of smooth-sanded, reclaimed barn board. LED down lighting illuminates the panels and gives the bar a welcoming glow.


The soffit mimics steel framework located nearby and features backlit 3Form light diffusing panels.
The soffit mimics steel framework located nearby and features backlit 3Form panels.


Above the bar is a lighted soffit, designed to help define the area and provide more intimate lighting. The soffit was built to mimic the steel framework found throughout the space. It is illuminated by backlit 3Form panels. We also designed 11 pendant lights that are suspended from the soffit. They were made with Valchromat and light diffusing panels from 3Form. The new host station also has a back-lit panel from 3Form.


Pendant lights are made of Valchromat with LED strips and 3-Form panels.
Valchromat pendant lights with LED strips and 3Form inserts.


Room divider made from recycled barnboard with Valchromat barn sash.
Room divider made from recycled barnboard with Valchromat barn sash.


By expanding the bar area, American Flatbread has been able to double their offering of local beers and will soon be offering a full range of local spirits.  A popular local restaurant reimagined.


New host station with backlit 3Form panel in front.
New host station with backlit 3Form panel in front.

Maple Ceiling Roundel for the University of Vermont

A recent 1,900 square feet addition to the workshop enabled the assembly of a very large maple ceiling roundel for a new fireplace alcove at the University of Vermont. The roundel is above a fireplace, and the chimney goes up through the middle. What started out as an interesting drawing:





ImageBecame a large framework.


Image-21The framework was stained black and then maple panels, finished with a clear lacquer finish, were inserted, with spacers between.






Installation at UVM.




UVM Roundel

The finished roundel.


The Lobby, Middlebury, Vermont

The recent extensive renovation of this downtown Middlebury restaurant, now named The Lobby and owned by chef/owner Michel Mahr, was accomplished by working with designer Rebecca Duffy. The unusual building is located on the banks of Otter Creek, just upstream from the falls. It was originally designed by architect John Anderson to resemble a cruise ship on the river.


The primary wood used for the cabinetry was white oak, stained dark. One of the most dramatic features of the renovation is the new front and back bar. The front bar is twenty-five feet long overall, built completely of white oak, with a two-foot wide top surface covered in zinc. The back bar consists of built-in open shelves for displaying liquor bottles and glasses.


The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontThe Lobby’s front and back bar.


The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontBottles in the half mirrored doors on the tall upper shelves are lit by LED lights and are reached by a purpose-built library ladder on a curved track (top photo, far right side).


The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontWhite oak bench and table tops.


The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontWhite oak booths and table tops.


The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontA cozy nook.


The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontAn antique wash stand retrofitted into a server station with zinc counter and faucet.









Windows and Doors for Fort Ticonderoga, New York

In the 18th century, Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain was a French stronghold guarding the narrow water highway connecting New France with Britain’s American colonies. At the end of the French and Indian War, the fort was in the hands of the British. On May 10, 1775, Ethan Allen, Benedict Arnold and the Green Mountain boys captured the fort from the British in an early morning raid. It was considered the first American victory of the Revolution.


Today this historic site is maintained by the Fort Ticonderoga Association, which was established in 1909 by the Pell family, who owned the property. As part of an ongoing restoration program, the Stark Mountain workshop rebuilt and replaced the round and square-topped solid white oak casement windows and heavy plank doors on the King’s Warehouse. The original building, which was used for storing gun powder, was destroyed by the French in 1759. It was reconstructed in 2008 and rededicated as the Deborah Clarke Mars Education Center. The workshop is now making replacement windows for the Soldiers’ Barracks.


The restoration of the Mars Center was based on extensive historical research by the architect, Andrew Wright of Tonetti Associates of New York, and consulting historians. The contractor was Bread Loaf Corporation, under Project Manager Paul Wyncoop.  For historical accuracy, it was important to ensure the correct placement of the recreated  door and window hardware. Old glass, found on the property, was incorporated whenever possible. Surfaces were painted with historically accurate colors and linseed oil-based paints from Europe.


The rough white oak destined to become the windows.


Image-2Louis Dupont (l) discusses the windows with David Rose who milled and assembled the windows and doors.

Puttying the windows with linseed oil and chalk putty from Sweden
The glass for the windows is held in by the traditional method of puttying, using a special linseed oil and chalk putty from Sweden.
Fort Ticonderoga Window and Door HardwareThe hardware for the windows and doors was specially forged and had to be installed in the traditional locations on the units.

P1120691A completed window.



The main round topped door in the King’s Warehouse.


A square topped door.

double-photoExterior (l) and interior construction of the door.


Restored King’s Warehouse, now the Mars Education Center, showing new windows and doors.

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View from the battlements over Lake Champlain.