Van Antwerp Building
History – The Van Antwerp Building sits on Royal Street in downtown Mobile, AL. At eleven stories tall, the Van Antwerp Building was considered a skyscraper when it was constructed in 1906 (it was even the tallest building in the state of Alabama at the time).
The primary focus of Lathan’s restoration efforts was the terracotta block exterior of the building. Lathan replicated in-house roughly 300 blocks and a dozen shapes, including elements of the cornice, window seal, and window trim. The decision was made to replicate the decorative elements in-house to accelerate the timeline of the project, and the elements were replicated to be perfect replicas. There currently sits a large replica of the original decorative cornice that wraps around the sides of the building facing Dauphin Street and Royal Street, and this was also installed by Lathan.