Adaptive Reuse

[Historic Real Estate] Preservation Personals: Former School Seeks Learned Buyer

This converted granite home is looking for a buyer with book smarts about preservation.
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Tuberculosis Sanitariums: Reminders of the White Plague

See the unique ways in which the few tuberculosis sanitariums that remain today are being preserved.
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[Q&A] Phoebe and Richard Miles: The Historic Firestone Building Bridges the Past and Present of American Entrepreneurial Spirit

Phoebe and Richard Miles discuss the rehabilitation of the Firestone Building in Gainesville, Florida.
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[Historic Real Estate] Preservation Personals: Sagacious Schoolhouse Seeks Sharp Student

This historic schoolhouse-turned-residence is looking for a sharp student to take on a new lesson.
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[Historic Bars] Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid, Iowa

Flat Tire Lounge in Madrid, Iowa, is a new bike-friendly bar in an old Quonset hut.
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All Aboard! Check Out These Train Depots-Turned-Restaurants

These train depots-turned-restaurants hold a tasty ticket for your taste buds.
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From Devastation to Revitalization: The Restoration of the Rosenwald Randolph School

Pass Christian, Mississippi, transformed a former Rosenwald school house after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
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[Historic Bars] Alibi Bar & Lounge in Boston

Spend a night of debauchery in the former "drunk tank" of one of Boston's most infamous jails.
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Industrial Strength: The Adaptive Reuse of Ames Shovel Works

A 19th-century factory complex in Easton, Massachusetts, is transformed into a vibrant residential community.
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Churches Turned Restaurants, Part Two: Historic Settings, Uplifting Cuisine

These restaurants housed in former churches are sure to please the palates of even the most devout food-lovers.
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CityLove: Meet Seattle

Learn how Seattle's "anchors of authenticity" make it a case study for creative placemaking.
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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.
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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.
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CityLove: Little Rock According to Local Preservationist Jennifer Carman

Little Rock preservationist Jennifer Carman explains how preservation improves much more than just buildings.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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, Flickr
The Bell Labs Building in Holmdel, N.J., saw countless scientific discoveries. Now, its adaptive reuse will test a new theory in preservation.
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Nineteenth-Century Church Receives Enlightened Renovation as Indiana Landmarks Center

Methodist Church, now Indiana Landmarks. Credit: Susan Fleck
Indianapolis' Central Avenue Methodist Church has been reborn as a multipurpose event space for Indiana Landmarks.
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10 Preservation Wins in 2013

Peavey Plaza. Credit: Alexandra Easter
Though we did lose some irreplaceable historic places this past year, we also celebrated many wins. Here, the year in review.
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Firehouse Restaurants Coast to Coast

Engine Co. No. 28 (exterior), Los Angeles. Credit: Engine Co. No. 28
Preservation magazine profiles eight restaurants from coast to coast located inside historic firehouses.
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An Extended Stay for Los Angeles' Century Plaza Hotel

Century Plaza Hotel. Credit: Andrew Hara
Once threatened with demolition, the midcentury Century Plaza Hotel is being preserved and included in a new development project.
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Ponce City Market: Atlanta's History in the Making

Bird's eye view of Ponce City Market in Atlanta. Credit: Sarah Dorio
Atlanta's Ponce City Market will use history to catapult itself into the future.
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[Slideshow] UPDATE: Painted DC Church Now Artistic Inside and Out

Renovated Friendship Baptist Church. Credit: Gerry Suchy
The former Friendship Baptist Church in Southwest DC now houses the Blind Whino: SW Arts Club.
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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, Flickr
Preservation Green Lab staffer Jeana Wiser shares how she has personally experienced the benefits of building reuse.
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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 Architects
This century-old industrial rice mill now serves as trendy loft space amid preserved graffiti and masonry brick walls.
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[10 on Tuesday] How to Support Adaptive Reuse of Historic Buildings

Toy warehouse in Los Angeles. Credit:, Flickr
This toolkit gives you a mix of tips and case studies to help you promote reuse projects in your own community.
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Why Seattle Restaurateur Tom Douglas Builds New Restaurants in Old Buildings

Seattle restaurateur Tom Douglas; food at his restaurant Lola. Credit: Tom Douglas; conjunction3, Flickr
Old buildings are key to fostering Tom Douglas’ restaurant empire in Seattle -- and the surrounding communities as well.
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[10 on Tuesday] How to Rehabilitate a Historic Rosenwald School

blog_photo_Hope Rosenwald School
Get 10 grassroots tips for rehabbing a historic Rosenwald School in your community.
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[10 on Tuesday] How to Preserve Places of Worship, Part Two

blog_photo_Bonstelle Theater_Dave Hogg, Flickr
Following last week's toolkit, here are 10 considerations for sympathetic reuse of sacred spaces.
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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!
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Old Milwaukee Is New Again: Pabst Brewhouse Becomes Brewhouse Inn & Suites

Original PBR campus. Credit: Brewhouse Inn & Suites
The preservation blue ribbon goes to this extensive adaptive reuse project at the historic PBR campus in Milwaukee.
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"Come On In My Kitchen": Homeless Shelter to Restore Famed Robert Johnson Recording Studio

Exterior of 508 Park Avenue. Credit: Alan Govenar/508Park, flickr
508 Park Avenue in Dallas -- where blues musician Robert Johnson once recorded -- will soon serve the whole community.
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[Slideshow] Historic DC Church Gets a Mural Makeover

A Georgia-based artist brings his talent to an abandoned DC church in a colorful step towards revitalizing the neighborhood.
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[Slideshow] A Makeover for the Mayo Building

One of Tulsa, Oklahoma's oldest skyscrapers is thriving after a $30 million transformation.
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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 Lambke
With help from crowdfunding on Kickstarter, Maine Grains has become a hub for its community's revitalization.
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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 Museum
The Palms Spring Art Museum is turning an old bank building downtown into its new architecture and design center.
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First-Class Green: A 1934 Post Office Redelivered as a LEED-Certified Office

Use of solar panels. Credit: Doty & Miller Architects
The historic Bedford, Ohio post office is enjoying new life as the LEED Gold home for Doty & Miller Architects.
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Twitter Mashup: Global #Cityheritage Chat on Reusing Cities and Urban Spaces

London's Big Ben at dusk. Credit: Stuck in Customs, flickr
On March 6, #builtheritage is joining forces with #citytalk for an international chat about adaptive reuse.
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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 Team
Architect Robert Verrier recalls how revitalizing a landmark Colonial-era mill also saved its New England neighborhood.
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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 Group
The former mess hall is now a medical records office thank to an innovative reuse and dedicated team.
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Historic Power Plants: A Tricky (But Rewarding) Resource to Adapt

Seaholm Power Plant in Austin, Texas. Credit: Thelonious Gonzo, flickr
Read the final part of our guest series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.
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The Power Plant Renovation: Imagination Becomes Adaptation

Power Plant exterior after renovation. Credit: Climb So iLL
Read part 4 of our guest series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.
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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 Office
Part 3 of our guest series on the remarkable transformation of a hospital power plant in St. Louis.
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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.
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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.
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The Historic Tax Credit Takes Center Stage at the Timmy Awards

Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC. Credit: MacRostie Historic Advisors
This year’s winners take the practice of historic rehabilitation and community revitalization to new heights.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Preservation Round-Up: Shipping Container Edition

See what’s been in the news lately about preservation around the country.
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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.
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New Chapter for Former Library in San Antonio

The San Antonio Central Library is transforming into the Briscoe Western Art Museum's new home.
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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 partner
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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 just
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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 Ohio
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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 on
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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 ceremony
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"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 retail
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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 the
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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