The old Wallace Furniture Building, 858 Main Ave., will reopen soon with a new third floor.
Brookie Architecture is extensively remodeling the historic building, using old photographs to guide their restoration of the façade.
The remodel totals 20,000 square feet. The first floor contains two large retail spaces, each about 3,000 square feet. Julie Rea, Dean Brookie's wife and co-owner of the business, will open Bellezza, a tea room and retail store, in one of the spaces.
Bellezza will serve "proper tea" in a rear tea room and sell gelato, espresso, olive oil, soap, skin balms and other items, said Rea, who also designed the building's interior.
The second floor has been remodeled into nine office condominium suites of 400 to 1,800 square feet each. Brookie Architecture will take one of those, vacating its current offices at 1221 Main Ave.
The new third floor features four penthouse offices of about 1,500 square feet each. A photovoltaic awning will be installed.
Dean Brookie, owner of Brookie Architecture, said he will offer the spaces for lease as well as sale.
"It's a good time to lease instead of sell, although we're anxious to sell," he said.
Brookie added, "We're optimistic even in this economy that downtown real estate is still prime real estate."
The building has no residential space. It is a project of Rea-Brookie Investments LLC.