Encore Jazz Lounge has evolved over a series of exercises and locations as both an interior tenant finish and a study of facade improvements.
Initially the location was to be in a dilapidated space that had previously been occupied by a restaurant, but had gone into serious disrepair. The facade and exterior of the existing building were of significant importance due to their prominent location with frontage on 4th Street in Downtown Loveland as well as a pedestrian alley to the side with enormous potential to engage passerby.
In addition to plan studies, several facade studies were completed to examine the extent to which it could be improved and perhaps qualify for an improvement grant through the City. The idea of utilizing the alley as an extension of the performance stage with the possibility of opening up the sidewall via an overhead door was also explored.
Ultimately an alternate site was chosen that would require a much improved floor plan, including a full commercial kitchen, and minimal exterior work. The overall space, which was roughly L-shaped, was to include a more formal lounge area for quiet conversation up front, a central and prominent bar and kitchen area and an entertainment area in the back of the building.