Building Profile

Katsafanas Coffee Building

828 W North Avenue

Saturday: 10am-1pm
Sunday: 10am-1pm

Neighborhood: Northside

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Restrooms Available: Yes, but not wheelchair accessible

Your Experience:   Q Development's offices in the Katsafanas Coffee Building are a blend of modern design in a former industrial setting. The building features an open floor plan with two conference rooms. All doors and windows are new but reflect the industrial past of the building. Architectural features include a cable-hung staircase using reclaimed wood treads from Eighth and Penn in the Cultural District. Eighth and Penn is a joint venture of Q Development and Trek Development Group. Additional features include the original spiral staircase and a conference room overlooking the railroad.

Building Description:

The Katsafanas Coffee Building dates from at least 1906 and was previously occupied by McGready Supply Company. Peter and John Katsafanas moved the Katsafanas Coffee Company from Downtown to a two-story building around 1925. They remodeled the facade of an existing building and added an Art Deco-inspired sign that spells out the company name. Katsafanas Coffee Company was issued a trademark 1.1.1916; renewed 6.26.1928. In 1932, a local ad for Katsafanas Tea and Coffee noted that it was “Endorsed by Dr. Hodgdon.” The company specialized in hotel and restaurant clients, but expanded to consumers and home delivery in the 1930’s. The building experienced a fire in July 1940. It was acquired by Guckert Printing next door in the 1970’s and was used for storage primarily until approximately 2003. The building remained vacant until Q Development acquired the building and completed the renovation for its offices in 2017-18.

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