Bespoke builder moves into new office after repurposing old church building

A longtime custom home builder in Wilmington recently completed a one-of-a-kind office project and will showcase it at an open house on Friday.

PBC Design + Build has established its own office in the former Fellowship Hall of the Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church at 3902 Market St.

The nearly 25-year-old company had moved to various locations, moving to 314 Walnut St. in downtown Wilmington in 2013. PBC moved from there to its new digs on Market Street about three weeks ago.

The office measures 4,200 square feet and the building was designed by architect Leslie Boney Jr. in the 1960s.

PBC has put its own mark on the exterior and interior of the historic structure.

“You can walk in and see unique design features that we would only do out of sheer celebration of our craft and also because this is our space designed for us by a great architect, Michael Kersting and his team,” said Dave Spetrino, president of PBC.

An open house will be held at the new PBC office at 3 p.m. Friday.

The office building is the first phase of a 14-acre multi-phase development at and around the church, which was built in 1912.

The next two phases of the project will involve Switchyard, an apartment community planned to contain 192 apartments, with 48 two-bedroom units and 144 one-bedroom/studio units.

In a future phase, the former sanctuary will be transformed into a dining space, Spetrino said. While the interior of the church is being renovated, he said, he has no plans to demolish it.

Spetrino said he believes part of Market Street is “a neighborhood that will improve over the next two decades” and that the trading floor gave PBC the opportunity “to take a unique and to make it ours while respecting the people who came before us.”

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