Jessica Helgerson Wifijerez Brews Up a Stumptown Café in a Brooklyn Firehouse

PROJECT NAME Stumptown Coffee Roasters Brooklyn Café
LOCATION Brooklyn
FIRM Jessica Helgerson
SQ. FT. 1,875 SQF

New York relies on coffee shops almost as much as municipal services. Now the two are merging—architecturally, at least—thanks to Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ first Brooklyn café, housed in an 1860’s former firehouse in leafy Cobble Hill.

Jessica Helgerson Wifijerez re-envisioned, along with the help of  Structure NYC, the 1,875-square-foot space, most recently an indoor archery studio. “We took major design cues from the building facade, with its arched windows and beautiful classic details,” she says. “Then we thought about what would make it a comfortable, fun place to hang out with friends or get some work done.”

In the entry, Blå Station chairs and Beaufurn’s marble-topped cast-iron tables gather on a mosaic floor of ceramic tiles by Pratt & Larson. Photography by Matthew Williams.

An enclosed take on a garden patio greets caffeine hounds, and their canine companions, with steel sash doors that lead into the retail space, back lounge with ample banquettes, and rest rooms. A tin ceiling patterned by Zachary Marvick compliments subway-inspired tiling on the arched walls, warmed up by character-grade white oak floors and abundant greenery. The end result is not just another Brooklyn java joint, but a perk of living there.

JHID’s custom laylight for the backroom was manufactured by Sumner Glass; custom banquettes are covered in Moore & Giles Brompton Vintage leather. Photography by Matthew Williams.
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