Adaptive Reuse

CityLove: Meet Seattle

Learn how Seattle's "anchors of authenticity" make it a case study for creative placemaking.Read More »

Building the Brew: Historic Preservation & Breweries in Cincinnati

Historic breweries in Cincinnati are helping to power the city's recovery, one pint (and building) at a time.Read More »

Powerhouse Project Re-energizes Beloit College Campus

Beloit College's "Powerhouse project" will bring a defunct facility back to life as a state-of-the-art student center.Read More »

CityLove: Little Rock According to Local Preservationist Jennifer Carman

Little Rock preservationist Jennifer Carman explains how preservation improves much more than just buildings.Read More »

Restoration and Repurpose of The Mill in Freedom, Maine

The documentary "Reviving the Freedom Mill" will debut at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C.Read More »

PHOTO TOUR: Revitalization Through Adaptive Reuse in Vallejo, Calif.

Artists' lofts and small businesses located in historic buildings are helping to remake the city of Vallejo, Calif.Read More »

From Fire House to Office Space: Boston's Eustis Street Fire House

The 1859 Eustis Street Fire House is now a 21st-century office space, thanks to the efforts of nonprofit Historic Boston, Inc.Read More »

A New Experiment for the Eero Saarinen-Designed Bell Labs Building

The massive atrium of the Bell Labs building. Credit: s o d a p o p, FlickrThe Bell Labs Building in Holmdel, N.J., saw countless scientific discoveries. Now, its adaptive reuse will test a new theory in preservation.Read More »

Nineteenth-Century Church Receives Enlightened Renovation as Indiana Landmarks Center

Methodist Church, now Indiana Landmarks. Credit: Susan FleckIndianapolis' Central Avenue Methodist Church has been reborn as a multipurpose event space for Indiana Landmarks.Read More »

10 Preservation Wins in 2013

Peavey Plaza. Credit: Alexandra EasterThough we did lose some irreplaceable historic places this past year, we also celebrated many wins. Here, the year in review.Read More »

Firehouse Restaurants Coast to Coast

Engine Co. No. 28 (exterior), Los Angeles. Credit: Engine Co. No. 28Preservation magazine profiles eight restaurants from coast to coast located inside historic firehouses.Read More »

An Extended Stay for Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel

Century Plaza Hotel. Credit: Andrew HaraOnce threatened with demolition, the midcentury Century Plaza Hotel is being preserved and included in a new development project.Read More »

Ponce City Market: Atlanta's History in the Making

Bird's eye view of Ponce City Market in Atlanta. Credit: Sarah DorioAtlanta's Ponce City Market will use history to catapult itself into the future.Read More »

[Slideshow] UPDATE: Painted DC Church Now Artistic Inside and Out

Renovated Friendship Baptist Church. Credit: Gerry SuchyThe former Friendship Baptist Church in Southwest DC now houses the Blind Whino: SW Arts Club.Read More »

What Los Angeles Taught Me about Building Reuse From the Inside Out

The popular monthly Downtown Art Walk attracts over 25,000 visitors and includes over 50 art gallery spaces and exhibits. Credit: mikeywally, FlickrPreservation Green Lab staffer Jeana Wiser shares how she has personally experienced the benefits of building reuse.Read More »

Banksy in Bywater? NOLA's Rice Mill Lofts Remixes Its Industrial Past

Tenants in the Rice Mill Lofts are prohibited from altering the building’s original graffiti. Credit: Studio WTA ArchitectsThis century-old industrial rice mill now serves as trendy loft space amid preserved graffiti and masonry brick walls.Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] How to Support Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

Toy warehouse in Los Angeles. Credit: CEBimagery.com, FlickrThis toolkit gives you a mix of tips and case studies to help you promote reuse projects in your own community.Read More »

Why Seattle Restaurateur Tom Douglas Builds New Restaurants in Old Buildings

Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas; food at his restaurant Lola. Credit: Tom Douglas; conjunction3, FlickrOld buildings are key to fostering Tom Douglas’ restaurant empire in Seattle -- and the surrounding communities as well.Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] How to Rehabilitate a Historic Rosenwald School

blog_photo_Hope Rosenwald SchoolGet 10 grassroots tips for rehabbing a historic Rosenwald School in your community.Read More »

[10 on Tuesday] How to Preserve Places of Worship, Part Two

blog_photo_Bonstelle Theater_Dave Hogg, FlickrFollowing last week's toolkit, here are 10 considerations for sympathetic reuse of sacred spaces.Read More »

The House that Radio Built: NPR's New Headquarters Celebrates Preservation

NPR’s new headquarters building, where old effortlessly meets shiny and new.For National Public Radio, a recent relocation meant making something old new again. Tour the building with us!Read More »

Old Milwaukee Is New Again: Pabst Brewhouse Becomes Brewhouse Inn & Suites

Original PBR campus. Credit: Brewhouse Inn & SuitesThe preservation blue ribbon goes to this extensive adaptive reuse project at the historic PBR campus in Milwaukee.Read More »

"Come On In My Kitchen": Homeless Shelter to Restore Famed Robert Johnson Recording Studio

Exterior of 508 Park Avenue. Credit: Alan Govenar/508Park, flickr508 Park Avenue in Dallas -- where blues musician Robert Johnson once recorded -- will soon serve the whole community.Read More »

[Slideshow] Historic DC Church Gets a Mural Makeover

blog_photo_HENSE_studioA Georgia-based artist brings his talent to an abandoned DC church in a colorful step towards revitalizing the neighborhood.Read More »

[Slideshow] A Makeover for the Mayo Building

One of Tulsa, Oklahoma's oldest skyscrapers is thriving after a $30 million transformation.Read More »

Going Against the Grain: Historic Jail Becomes the Maine Grains Grist Mill

Lambke and her business partner, Michael Scholz, bought a 5,000-square-foot jail building in 2009 and turned it into a grist mill. Credit: Amber LambkeWith help from crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Maine Grains has become a hub for its community's revitalization.Read More »

A Modern Use for a Modernist Gem in Palm Springs

A rendering of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion. The museum is tentatively scheduled to open the fall of 2014. Credit: Courtesy Marmol+Radziner and Palm Springs Art MuseumThe Palms Spring Art Museum is turning an old bank building downtown into its new architecture and design center.Read More »

First-Class Green: A 1934 Post Office Redelivered as a LEED-Certified Office

Use of solar panels. Credit: Doty & Miller ArchitectsThe historic Bedford, Ohio post office is enjoying new life as the LEED Gold home for Doty & Miller Architects.Read More »

Twitter Mashup: Global #Cityheritage Chat on Reusing Cities and Urban Spaces

London's Big Ben at dusk. Credit: Stuck in Customs, flickrOn March 6, #builtheritage is joining forces with #citytalk for an international chat about adaptive reuse.Read More »

Human Energy (and Historic Tax Credits) Help "Re-Boott" Historic New England Mill

Boott Mills, before and after its adaptive reuse. Credit: Lowell Historical Society; Bruce T. Martin/The Architectural TeamArchitect Robert Verrier recalls how revitalizing a landmark Colonial-era mill also saved its New England neighborhood.Read More »

A Modern Take On Serving Veterans At Leavenworth Building 19

The exterior of the new medical records facility at night. Credit: Rick Kready/The Pioneer GroupThe former mess hall is now a medical records office thank to an innovative reuse and dedicated team.Read More »

Historic Power Plants: A Tricky (But Rewarding) Resource to Adapt

Seaholm Power Plant in Austin, Texas. Credit: Thelonious Gonzo, flickrRead the final part of our guest series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.Read More »

The Power Plant Renovation: Imagination Becomes Adaptation

Power Plant exterior after renovation. Credit: Climb So iLLRead part 4 of our guest series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.Read More »

In Limbo: City Hospital’s Closure and the Unrealized Plan for the Power Plant

The Power Plant’s windows were missing by 1994. Credit: Preservation Research OfficePart 3 of our guest series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.Read More »

Modernizing St. Louis' City Hospital and the Power Plant Building

The Power Plant in 2008. Credit: Preservation Research Office.Part 2 of our guest series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.Read More »

From Power Plant to Climbing Gym: Adaptive Reuse at St. Louis’ City Hospital

Postcard view showing the completed group of Georgian Revival hospital buildings designed by Albert B. Groves, sometime after 1912. Credit: Preservation Research Office.Part 1 of our new series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.Read More »

The Historic Tax Credit Takes Center Stage at the Timmy Awards

Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC. Credit: MacRostie Historic AdvisorsThis year’s winners take the practice of historic rehabilitation and community revitalization to new heights.Read More »

Viva La Concha: Mod Motel Recast as Las Vegas' Neon Museum

Original La Concha Motel postcard. Date and photographer unknown.After years of restoration (and a move), the distinctive 1961 La Concha Motel lobby is now a visitors center.Read More »

Open for Business Again at Pittsburgh's Market Square Place

Learn how this inventive urban reuse project transformed not one, not two, but an entire block of historic buildings.Read More »

An Eyesore No More: The Resurrection of LA's Boyle Hotel

In Los Angeles, a dilapidated 1889 hotel finds new life as an affordable housing complex.Read More »

Preservation Round-Up: Shipping Container Edition

See what’s been in the news lately about preservation around the country.Read More »

Balancing Preservation and Development in the Rapidly Growing Capital

At DC Preservation League's citywide conference, Trust staffer Ari Gefen learns how the capital is changing.Read More »

New Chapter for Former Library in San Antonio

The San Antonio Central Library is transforming into the Briscoe Western Art Museum's new home.Read More »

A Fresh Start for Pittsburgh's Bakery Square

Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, PA is having a sweet second act. Thanks to a preservation-minded redesign by firm Strada LLC, this former Nabisco factory has traded baked cookies for browser cookies and become the LEED-certified home for several technology tenants, including Google's regional office. We chatted with John Martine, founding principal and lead design partnerRead More »

How Architect Robert Verrier Saved More than 150 Places with Historic Tax Credits

Written by Robert Verrier, FAIA, NCARB For more than 30 years, historic preservation tax incentives have been helping architects, builders, and private citizens transform historic buildings for new uses, preserving architectural heritage, and benefiting communities all over the country.  I should know, because using tax credit incentives has been key to my business for justRead More »

From 1925 Bank to Swanky Restaurant & Bar: The Story of Cleveland's Crop Bistro

A long summer weekend finds me escaping the stifling D.C. heat back in my hometown of Cleveland and again in the thick of some innovative preservation work, this time at Crop Bistro & Bar, the dual-purpose restaurant and research and development kitchen of chef and restaurateur, Steve Schimoler, in the heart of the historic OhioRead More »

The Dupont Underground: A Grand Vision for DC's Abandoned Streetcar Tunnels

Last week, National Trust staffers took a field trip -- or, more accurately, a tunnel trip. We descended into the steamy underground for a little-seen glimpse of Washington’s past -- the 75,000 sq. ft. trolley station and one-time fallout station that served DC’s popular Dupont Circle neighborhood until it was closed in 1975. (More onRead More »

Denver's Emerson School Building Reopens After Green Restoration

The flag of the National Trust is flying high over the historic Emerson School in Denver, Colorado! National Trust President Stephanie Meeks and Chief Preservation Officer David Brown returned to their 5th grade “flag patrol” days to hoist the National Trust's banner as part of last week’s grand opening festivities, which also included a ribbon-cutting ceremonyRead More »

"Adaptive Reuse" Brings Old Warehouses and Garages to Life ... In Which City?

Written by David Alpert I recently visited an American city with many downtown buildings from a long-departed industry. The city's downtown is now experiencing new life, and many of the historic buildings are finding new uses after sitting vacant for many years.   This is a complex of old warehouses which have now become retailRead More »

Plans Unveiled for Extension of New York's Popular High Line Railroad-Turned-Park

Friends of the High Line and the City of New York, co-creators of the now-famous park on a reused elevated railroad through the west side of Manhattan, unveiled their plans for the third phase of the landmark preservation project at a public meeting last night. Check out the slideshow below for images of how theRead More »

Long Beach's Palace Hotel Reopens as Affordable Housing

Everyone loves a good preservation before and after. But for the community of Long Beach, California, the Palace Hotel (now just called The Palace) restoration and reuse was about much more than the building.Read More »

Preservation Green Lab Releases New Report on the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

For a long time we’ve known that preservation helps create quality communities that are character-rich, vibrant, and dynamic places in which to live, work and play. And there’s also been lots of good news over the years about the economic value that preservation brings – especially in tough economic times. But today, with the Preservation Green Lab’s release of The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, we have the most comprehensive research to date showing preservation is good for the environment too. Read More »

Preservation Round-Up: Infill, Adaptation, and Discovery Edition

Today's Round-Up features stories on infill development in Boston and New York City, adaptive use in San Antonio, new discoveries at Jamestown, an update on the USS Olympia, legos, and photos from the 1940s and 1970s.Read More »

Re-Purposing Nebraska’s Early 20th Century Federal Buildings

Ariel shot of the Grand Manse in Lincoln, NE.Nebraska has been successful with re-purposing federal buildings statewide. Each one represents the stories of successful community projects and private development that preserve heritage and tell the state's story.Read More »