Ask a preservationist what to do with a historic school building in need of a new life, and the answer is usually a quick one: keep using it as a school. We tend to be passionate advocates for adapting existing buildings to modern needs, and schools are no exception. Of course, given demographic changes to communities over time, it's not always possible to keep the buildings education-focused, in which case adaptive reuse becomes our goal.
This balance between original use and adaptive use -- and how to advocate for either -- was the subject of the September #builtheritage Twitter chat. As always, we had a lively conversation, full of great examples from around the U.S. and Canada. The Storify slides above touch on the highlights of the chat.... Read More →