complex covers entire block
Building opens soon
Express Staff Writer
plastic still protect parts of the new Christiania Building in Ketchum,
but retail spaces on its ground level will open soon, including some this
Christiania Building is located on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum between
Walnut and Spruce avenues. Express photo by Willy Cook
Runge said she might be able to open Thursday.
and operates Elle Rose, a womenís wear store which specializes in
European designers, "from casual to evening wear, all the way."
of Sagebrush Interiors and Gallery predicted a similar opening date.
Interiors sells artwork, furniture, bedding and flatware.
Bariteau Jr., the "managing member" of Christiania LLC, said
that several other retailers have already signed leases.
Fox Creek Fabrics and Interiors, the Joseph Kinnebrew Gallery, and
Armstrong and Root Opticians.
restaurant will lease the corner spot across from the Community Library.
He said the owners signed a lease, but havenít come up with a name yet.
bought the Christiania Lodge in 1999 about the time he was finishing up
the Colonnade Building at the corner of Sun Valley Road and Walnut Avenue.
Colonnade and the Christiania buildings take up an entire city block on
Sun Valley Road, between Walnut and Spruce avenues.
He said he
liked the challenge of "controlling what happened to the rest of the
block," and so he kept the lodge open while he developed plans for a
called the Christiania Building "a true mixed-use type of
product," with underground parking, a ground floor for retail, a
second floor for offices, and a third floor for residential penthouses.
building is approximately 51,000 square feet.
He said he
expects the office spaces to be ready for leasing by mid- to late-January,
and the five penthouses to be ready for sale by mid-February.
with the new building, Bariteau said, "All projects have their own
kind of life with their own nuances of difficulties and problems."
One of the
initial problems with the project was that the Ketchum Planning and Zoning
Commission thought the Christiania Building would look too much like the
said, the Colonnade was so "well-received" that this objection
didnít last long.
all coalesced into an attractive building, which I hope will be considered
a landmark," he said.
He said the
new retail and office space now available in the Christiania would help
expand the variety of retail and office space available in Ketchum.
new space is an opportunity to bring in a new business merchandising
mix," he said.
the new building is to be formally known as the Christiania Building,
Bariteau said "the name of the building is not as important as the
quality of the building."
been in the development industry for 17 years, and Iíve learned people
will tend to give their own name to a building.
of people refer to the Colonnade Building as Tullyís."
sake of trivia, the name Christiania refers to a type of alpine ski turn
and is the former name of Oslo, Norway.
Christiania Lodge once coexisted as a separate business with the
Christiania Restaurant. The lodge was demolished in two days in June 2000,
and the Christiania Restaurant, on Sun Valley Road, is now Michelís