summers taylor headquarters - model mill renovation

CLIENT: Summers Taylor, Inc.
LOCATION: Johnson City, Tennessee

Planning + Strategies

The Model Mill, circa 1909, has a rich history in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee and has become somewhat of a historical landmark in the community situated on the corner of Walnut Street and Sevier Street. After standing many years in disrepair, Summers Taylor purchased the property in 2016 with the intent of moving their corporate headquarters to Johnson City and sought to marry the heritage of the building with the development of the downtown core. Thomas Weems Architect envisioned restoring the exterior of the mill by reopening windows, reinstating the original building mural, rebuilding the stepped parapets and creatively incorporating modern storefront, dormers, and mixed materials. The overall building design will harness the historical precedence and provide a catalyst to the growth of the Walnut Street Corridor.