Originally part of Gladstone’s historic Tiger Farmstead, this 1890’s former sheep barn has experienced many renovations over the years. No longer useful for agricultural purposes, it remains fundamental to the neighborhood’s sense of place and the town’s distinctive character. In 2016 Melillo Equities acquired the structure, launching a two-phase campaign of repair and adaptation of both structure and site.
Original agri-architectural features such as hayloft and post and beam framing were retained as prominent design features, while floorplans were modified to support an updated open-floor concept. Extensive exterior upgrades including battenboard siding, oversized farmhouse windows, standing-seam copper roof and half-round copper gutters introduced during the final renovation phase reflect the area’s historically rural context. Landscaping and hardscaping were also reworked to accommodate for the installation of additional parking, ADA-compliant sidewalks, playground, privacy fencing and shrubbery.
With full renovation completed in 2021, “The Loft on Mendham Road” has been successfully adapted for childcare, fitness and coworking uses, serving the community at large.