BEFORE & AFTER: McMillan Pazdan Smith transforms old Claussen Bakery into modern office space


McMillanPazdanSmith_ClaussenMcMillan Pazdan Smith moved into its new 16,00-square-foot home in the former Claussen Bakery Building at 400 Augusta St. in late February. By choosing to re-use the original structure, the firm was able to preserve the historic integrity and unique character of the 1930s industrial space, while still giving the building a fresh, contemporary upgrade, including a complete modernization of the building’s systems.


Before photos by Jeff Hammond of Traveling Light Photography

After photos by staff photographer Greg Beckner


Below is the second floor before renovation [first photo] and after renovation [second photo].




Below, an old freight elevator and empty floor space on the second floor before renovation [first]. After renovation, the elevator was converted into storage space while a new staircase, constructed next to the former elevator, connects the first and second floor. In the open space beyond, a series of private offices, conference rooms and support space run parallel to the open studio bay [second].



This section [below] of the former bakery was constructed in the 1950s and received a slightly different treatment during renovation. A separate color scheme, including windows framed with the firm’s signature yellow, and exposed concrete mark the section of the building constructed in the 1950s.




A break room featuring a table made with wood recovered from the bakery.


The lobby reception area of the new office, with conference rooms beyond.


Signage in the new McMillan Pazdan Smith offices.


An original Claussen’s bike rack resides outside the newly renovated offices as a nod to the building’s rich history.



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