Before & After: An Old Corner Store Becomes the Ultimate Live/Work Space for Two Portland Filmmakers

Minarik Architecture rewrites the narrative of a former neighborhood store, turning it into a film production studio and a welcoming home.

As filmmakers, Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol’s life revolves around telling stories, whether it’s for high profile commercial clients like Airbnb, or in the making of documentaries via their production company, Lucid, Inc. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that when the couple were looking to relocate to Portland from Seattle, they landed in a building that had as many stories about it as iterations: an old corner store, a warehouse, and an ad-hoc residence.

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at