Built in 1891, our law firm’s building was completely restored to house the Switalski Law and Mediation Practice. The building has a rich history and it was our mission to preserve this while incorporating design aesthetics that reflect a more modern law firm.
The firm purposely includes many individual rooms due to the need for client confidentiality, simultaneous mediations and client comfort.
1891 Building Restoration
This undeniably handsome Queen Anne style commercial brick structure was built by the Shotwell Brothers, George and Mortimer, to house their Mineral Springs Drug Store. The building’s architect was Northup J. Gibbs who designed many of the buildings in Mount Clemens including the former Macomb County Courthouse in 1880.
The First Level
Much of this floor is original in order to take advantage of the unique character while the upstairs incorporates contemporary design elements in harmony with the historic setting.
The tin ceiling was painted and intentionally left imperfect along with the exposed brick walls which add to the charm. The firm’s signature red adds a pop of color throughout.
Joe Nahas (President, American Tradition Custom Builders) set out to design a sleek-looking office in an area know for its historic buildings. Together, Joe and Jodi lovingly restored the old with the new.
This wallpaper was taken down and the brick restored. The wallpaper now hangs on display in the new law office.
Before – Circa early 2000’s
The former Van Camp Building used to house a popular Baskin & Robbins and the well-known McSorely’s Irish Pub. The building was then left vacant for over a decade before the recent renovation.
The Second Level
The upstairs offices have a sleek and contemporary aesthetic not typically seen in old historic buildings. It incorporates exposed air ducts and brick blended with glass walls which allows natural light to stream throughout and gives a sense of openness and connection to the outdoors.
Second Level (Before)
The use of Edison Bulbs is meant to preserve some of the historical presence and has quickly become one of the signature looks of the firm. The bulbs are featured on everything from drop string lights hanging from wrought iron metal pipe lighting fixtures to a huge wagon wheel chandelier that lights the library. There is over 125+ bulbs in the new building.
One of the unique finds during restoration was an entire wall of law books. The Law Library now houses these books which date from 1874 through the early 1900’s. It also houses diplomas and professional achievements for the firm.
Like the downstairs, there are windows throughout which look down upon local businesses such as Black Cat Coffee, Clementines, Ardis Music, Natural Healing and Gumbos.
The sign that hung for years across from the courthouse on Main Street was brought indoors where it is mounted on the first level.
With all of the windows opened up to the community, the Switalski Law sign acts as a beacon for the firm when lit red at night.
The building is popular in the area. The doors are open to the community at Switalski Law. Recent meetings include fundraisers, LEAD Macomb Chamber Meetings, an upcoming Advancing Macomb Soiree, etc.
Circa late 1800’s
The Map Room
Mark Switalski is a lover of travel and has acquired maps from all over the world. This room is a showcase for his collection.
Law Clerk Offices and Kitchen
This upstairs room houses the law clerk offices in addition to a kitchen used primarily for mediation.
Housed off the Map Room, this serves as the entranceway to the roof top that overlooks the Macomb County Circuit Courthouse.
This outdoor patio serves as a casual meeting are, a place to duck out for a phone call or private conversations. The grill, garden, seating, signature red umbrella and Budweiser in the fridge add to the comfort. A 5:01 anyone??
Mediation At Switalski Law
ADR requires a setting with designated rooms that are controlled and neutral for both parties to discuss and negotiate terms that lead to a resolution outside of a courtroom. Our firm is an ideal setting for ADR. Click to learn more.