Opal Mercantile Building

Opal, Wyoming

Opal Mercantile Building was created to bring back a time of commercial that were everything to all those in the area of the train station.. The existing structure dates back to the early 1900’s and was a mercantile building for the railroad stop at this junction. The owner handled the security for the new town that was going to be created and together we created a master plan that would provide temporary housing for his organization. This renovation would act as the first stage of this development. It would house a “saloon”, a grocery store, a hardware store and small hotel. The program was very similar to what had been in the structure when it was built. We provide a “new west” approach that would weather in time.The canopy and the grille work was to built out of corten steel and provides weather protection from the winds of an open landscape. The use of corten also recalls the trains that continue to come by on the single track that runs through the town.