Adaptive Reuse

Restoration and Repurpose of The Mill in Freedom, Maine

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Steven Piccione

 


"Reviving the Freedom Mill" will be shown at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 30, at 12:00 p.m.

When Tony Grassi, a retired investment banker, first visited the abandoned and dilapidated historic grist mill in Freedom, Maine, he was taken in by the value of the building not only for its connection to early American history, but also for the potential revitalizing effects it could have on the small town.

“It was literally a rotting mill,” Grassi said to Bangor Daily News. “It was terrible. We walked by and thought, ‘What a beautiful structure. And what a tragedy.’”

The story that unfolds from that first visit entails a renovation process that started in 2008 and culminated late last year. What makes the project unique are the ways Grassi approached the renovation from both a preservationist and environmentalist angle.... Read More →

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Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione

Steven Piccione is an Editorial Intern at the National Trust. He enjoys carbonated water, all things British, and living in a city warmer than Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @stebbsjp.

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

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 by Meghan Drueding

 

Credit: Leah Nash
Temple Art Lofts in Vallejo, Calif.

In the upcoming Spring issue of Preservation, we explore Vallejo, Calif., through the lens of the Temple Art Lofts, an adaptive reuse building that symbolizes the city’s decline and renewal. Through the 1990s, Vallejo’s economy boomed, thanks to the presence of the U.S. Navy’s Mare Island base. But when the Navy left in 1996, the dollars spent at local businesses dried up, and by 2008 the city had declared bankruptcy.

Now, the skyrocketing price of real estate elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area is causing developers and entrepreneurs to take a second look at Vallejo. Case in point: developer Meea Kang, who boldly converted a pair of derelict historic buildings into the award-winning Temple Art Lofts.

We had so many great photos of the Lofts and the surrounding city that we couldn’t use them all in our print story. So we’ve collected a few of our favorites here. Join us on behind the scenes in the waterfront city of Vallejo.... Read More →

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Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding

Meghan Drueding is the managing editor of Preservation magazine. She has a weakness for mid-century modern, walkable cities, and coffee table books about architecture and design.

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

Posted on: February 27th, 2014 by Lauren Walser

 

Historic Boston, Inc., restored the 1859 Eustis Street Fire House, now a LEED Silver-certified building. Credit: Historic Boston
Historic Boston, Inc., restored the 1859 Eustis Street Fire House, now a LEED Silver-certified building.

When your office is located in an old firehouse, chances are you’re going to get a lot of questions about the fire pole.

Sadly, Kathy Kottaridis, executive director of Historic Boston, Inc., must inform those curious about her nonprofit organization’s new office that the original fire pole in the 1859 Eustis Street Fire House is long gone.

But pole or no pole, the firehouse -- the oldest remaining firehouse in Boston -- is today a vibrant 21st-century office space, thanks to the efforts of Historic Boston, Inc., a preservation group that fully restored the structure back in 2011.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.

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

Posted on: January 30th, 2014 by David Robert Weible 4 Comments

 

The massive atrium of the Bell Labs building. Credit: s o d a p o p, Flickr
The massive atrium of the Bell Labs building

The Bell Labs building has been the site of countless advances in science and technology since its completion in 1961. In its time, it’s hosted the work of multiple Nobel Prize winners, including that of Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, who in 1964 discovered the universal background radiation that helped prove that our universe is expanding, and led to the general acceptance of the Big Bang Theory.

Needless to say, a building with that much cultural heritage is practically priceless to preservationists, but the fact that it was designed by Eero Saarinen makes it that much sweeter. Now, the building that almost went the way of the Dodo will play host to a whole new experiment.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

Nineteenth-Century Church Receives Enlightened Renovation as Indiana Landmarks Center

Posted on: January 4th, 2014 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 2 Comments

 

By Katherine Schminky, Public Affairs Intern

Methodist Church, now Indiana Landmarks. Credit: Susan Fleck
The Central Avenue Methodist Church in Indianapolis is now the new Indiana Landmarks Center.

“Inspirational” is how Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, describes the organization’s new headquarters. And that's exactly the look the organization was going for when it chose the Central Avenue Methodist Church to be the new Indiana Landmarks Center.

“When people walk in, they say ‘wow,’” said Davis. “We want people to be inspired by preservation and this place gives us that.”

At the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony on Nov. 1, 2013, Indiana Landmarks received one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s honor awards recognizing its restoration of the Central Avenue Methodist Church in Indianapolis. The once dilapidated and crumbling site now functions as Indiana Landmark’s headquarters and a thriving center that hosts an array of events.... Read More →

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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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