Horse Thieves Tavern – Dedham, MA
Sorensen Partners was Architect and Interior Designer for the first phase of design and construction for Horse Thieves Tavern in Dedham, MA, a technically complex historic rehabilitation and conversion from simple retail to restaurant use. Construction of the new restaurant at the corner of Washington and High Streets was completed by Sincere Construction of Cambridge, MA in March 2019. Window Installation was by New England Fiberlass Windows, LLC. Structural Engineer was Consulting Structural Engineer. Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering were by BLW Engineers. Fire Sprinkler design was by ABA Fire Protection, Inc. Fire Alarm design was by Systems Electrical Services. Bob Sargent was the food service consultant.
Sorensen Partners provided a completed set of permit drawings for the project and conducted construction administration for the first phase, which included demolition and structural design. The project includes design and construction of the new restaurant and restoration and code compliance upgrades to Reynolds’ ‘North Star Building,’ a 1924 masonry bearing wall structure housing a bookstore and cigar shop on the first floor and office suites upstairs. Sorensen Partners designed the seating layout, service flow, bar, first floor commercial kitchen and lower level prep kitchen, new stair and bathrooms, facade, and trash collection access; coordinated structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and fire alarm engineering; and provided MA Architectural Access Board review consulting and design of systems and accessibility upgrades for the North Star Building. The Architect of Record for the subsequent phases of the project was Moran & Associates.
The concept for the restaurant is the bar surrounded by communal tables and booth and banquette seating, backed by the kitchen. Downstairs is a prep kitchen, storage, and toilets. The jade-green and amber color scheme is both edgy and comforting, creating a bridge from workday to night.
Completion photos, fall 2019:
Rendering by Sorensen Partners:
“This week, I became owner of the building on the corner of Washington and High Street–home to The Blue Bunny, Books and Toys. Although the building was rebuilt in 1924, the lot was home to a pharmacy for over 150 years. Founded in 1858, the pharmacy was originally called Smith’s Druggist. H. L. Wardle purchased the business in 1882 and renamed it after himself in 1911.
The building is home to Courthouse Cigar, The Blue Bunny, Mocha Java, and nine office suites above occupied by Quirk Associates, and my children’s learning media company, FableVision Learning. The pharmacy space will be home to a new restaurant slated to open later this year. More on that soon.
I love Dedham and its historic downtown. It’s an honor to be a steward of this corner and help preserve a part of what makes Dedham Square special.
I have decided to name the property: The North Star Building–a nod to my book about following your dreams.
A special shout out to Kathy Loukos who helped with all the details of this project.”
Wardle’s Pharmacy (aka The North Star Building) prior to construction of Horse Thieves Tavern: