They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but photos just don’t do these two spaces justice.
“You must see it in person to take it all in,” explains James Justice, Owner and Founder of Architectural Justice. “Our showroom space is composed of kitchen and bath vignettes, fireplaces, and a wine room, all of which mix styles and materials to create a genuinely unique environment.”
Architectural Justice has been serving the greater Cleveland area with design and remodeling services for over 30 years. Their Medina Showroom, located just two miles south of Route 303 on Pearl Road, is a local landmark. The showroom, now an eclectic array of mini-galleries featuring various vignettes and material selections, was once the Longview Farms barn, a structure which traces its history back to the early 1900’s. The historic building has been artfully crafted into a one-stop-shop for stand-out and exotic products, thanks in part to the impressive 75,000 square feet of granite and stone slabs located on-site.
“The neat part is that the farm here at our Medina location belonged to Ralph Strong, the great great grandson of John Strong,” explains Justice. “John S. Strong was an early settler and developer of Strongsville, a city that now bears his name and carries on his legacy. Our brand new Strongsville location, which opened just a few weeks ago, is located in John Strong’s front yard, so it is amazing to see that parallel in both local history and our own.”
While the farm’s legacy is subtly preserved in the stunning details of the Design Center, the story of John Stoughton Strong is proudly displayed on the sign of the historic Strong House which neighbors the new Strongsville Gallery & Cafe. Though the iconic Medina Design Center and the brand new Strongsville location share an unusual connection, the spaces actually differ quite dramatically.
As a long-time remodeler, James Justice has had the opportunity to work on amazing buildings all across Northeast Ohio. As a designer, he draws inspiration from his travels and the architecture he encounters, as well as the nature and antiquities that he experiences along the way. Yet, across his travels, he could not shake the sight of all the material left over from various projects. Justice decided to start making furniture out of beautiful pieces that would have otherwise gone to waste.
“We were driving along one time, and James, who is very spur-of-the-moment, spotted a fallen tree at the side of the road,” explains Darlene. “He recognized the beauty of the log, and we actually ended up buying it. We have acquired a lot of different pieces in similar ways. Our on-site shops and designers provide us the unique ability to combine materials to create pieces that truly stand out. Our Strongsville gallery showcases some of the pieces that are created by our Medina artisans.”
The Architectural Justice team loves to tackle a project and make it special and personal for each customer.
“We love to push design to the limits,” beams James. “We like to mix styles to create elegant or fun environments to complement different tastes and personalities.”
“Often when clients begin a project, especially a kitchen or bathroom, it is hard for them to image where to begin.This is when I will start them off in the stone yard first so they can focus on a stone they like,” says Darlene. “Once you have chosen a signature piece, you can create the room around it, and because everything is in one location, we can see all the selections together.”
Whether you are planning for a full turnkey renovation or simply a stunning new countertop, a stop into the Architectural Justice Design Center can help bring your dream to life.
A Home Away From Home
Architectural Justice’s brand new gallery space in Strongsville is a unique addition to the area. The environment is warm and welcoming, and a cozy cafe beckons to visitors with the rich aromas of Rising Star coffees and European-inspired cuisine. The building, which is almost reminiscent of a vintage fire station, houses many remarkable features.
“We blended Art Deco and Baroque styles to create the gallery,” James explains. “From the revolving doors to the cobalt blue glass chandeliers, there are many eye-catching features. The hangar door to the porch is fantastic, too; truly a great way to enjoy the outdoors before the Cleveland winter rolls in.”
For four years, Architectural Justice has been planning and perfecting the new gallery space. The space evolved into a groundbreaking destination to show off retail products and create an intimate cafe setting, essentially building a home away from home where locals can kick back and relax. The Architectural Justice Team designed, built, and decorated the building, filling it with 30 exquisite tons of granite and stone.
“A lot of well-traveled visitors tell us there is nothing like it,” he goes on, “and that is the greatest compliment we could receive.”
The new space is gorgeously decorated with arresting, one-of-a-kind furnishings and unique pieces of art and jewelry crafted by both local and out-of-state artists. The European-inspired cafe space also provides a pleasant atmosphere to socialize or take a culinary class, which will place you in the chic Sub-Zero Wolf Demonstration Kitchen.
“Our new location is small and personal, a very different environment than in our Design Center,” says James. “It is an inspiring place that demonstrates the skills of our team. When you walk in, you will notice our unusual cabinetry, the revolving mahogany door with a stone ceiling, marble from Tunisia that snakes curious designs up the stairs, and a brass railing that enhances the space with its vintage flair. There truly is nothing quite like it, and we are excited to bring such a space to the Strongsville community.”