Former Masonic Temple: BangZ Salon

Just one look at the building that houses BangZ Salon and Wellness Spa (
in Montclair, New Jersey, and you wouldn’t be surprised to learn it
served as a Masonic Temple for more than a century. With its original
arches still intact, refurbished stained-glass windows and eight of the
original church pews (now covered in faux-ostrich leather), owners
Richard Cronk and Dominick Sansevero had the goal of maintaining the
original architecture as much as possible.

“Initially, the building was about 4,000-square feet with a dirt floor
basement,” Cronk says. “We removed all the wiring, plumbing and heating
systems and rebuilt the addition on the back of the building all in
cinderblock, and went up two additional stories.”  When all was said
and done, they were able to turn the space into 10,000-square feet
without changing its perimeters.

The most difficult part of the
construction, Cronk says, was bringing the old building up to code. “We
were in construction for 27 months,” he says. “We got to a point where
I didn’t think the job was going to get done.”

With a final
estimated cost of $3 million, the job did get done—and it turned out
beautifully. “The salon came out exactly to our original vision,” Cronk

Here, Salvatore Chieffo, Belvedere’s Design Manager who
oversaw the Bangz project from start to finish, points out the
important elements of the design.

Former Masonic Temple: BangZ Salon
interior is a reflection of the warmth of the original dark woods,
stone, brick and arches from the 120-year-old building. Belvedere
equipment further enhances the ambiance by complementing those features
and adding a contemporary touch to this traditional building. All of
the millwork was finished in a dark wood with accents of stainless
steel. The reception desk and coffee bar were made with a backlit
custom glass to complement the earth tones of the grand space.”

Former Masonic Temple: BangZ Salon
“This is the view from the balcony, which shows part of the 38 styling
stations along the perimeter of the great room, which is backlit by
stained glass. Here you can see the six-person island stations and the
shampoo area. The open floor plan allows for flow, mobility and
communication among the clients and staff.”

Former Masonic Temple: BangZ Salon
“The shampoo area was designed for maximum comfort and efficiency. The
owners chose the Belvedere Comfort shampoo units, which have pivoting
bowls and adjustable footrests. To add to the salon’s charm, the
dispensary is cleverly hidden behind a dark wood cabinet that displays
hair products in a discreet and sophisticated way. It is just steps
behind the shampoo bowls for convenient accessibility.”

Former Masonic Temple: BangZ Salon
“Walking through the spa corridor gives the feeling of being in a stone
abbey. You are surrounded by its natural elements; the indirect soft
lighting prepares you for the experience of the many soothing spa
treatments available, which range from facials to make-up application.”

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