Category Archives: Structure Reuse

House where Rosa Parks lived in Detroit after escaping South up for auction | MLive.com

In this April 6, 2017 photo Rhea McCauley a niece of Rosa Parks poses in front of the rebuilt house of Rosa Parks in Berlin.

“From the viewpoint of art and design, the story of the house and its history since leaving Detroit is a demonstration of the new reach of preservation and the power of creative adaptive reuse,”

Source: House where Rosa Parks lived in Detroit after escaping South up for auction | MLive.com

The Old Main Post Office: Before and After | Chicago magazine | Real Estate & Neighborhoods July 2018

Describing the structure as a “Sleeping Beauty,” Schulze says that the redevelopment of the Old Main Post Office is not only significant for representing a major adaptive reuse and revitalization of one of Chicago’s great buildings, but it’s one that is expected to help breathe new life into the sleepy stretch of the South Loop and West Loop Gate.

Source: The Old Main Post Office: Before and After | Chicago magazine | Real Estate & Neighborhoods July 2018

Cambridge Conversion Project Recognized as Preservation Model – Banker & Tradesman

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“The restoration and reuse design of 859 Massachusetts Ave. is an inspiring example of community-wide dedication to both preserving history and caring for the future,” Charles Sullivan, executive director of the Cambridge Historical Commission, said in a statement.

Source: Cambridge Conversion Project Recognized as Preservation Model – Banker & Tradesman

Entire Sydney office fitted out with recycled materials and furniture wins sustainability award

The entrance to the office. Photo: Supplied

The entrance to the office. Photo: Supplied

The premises, a previously unused diesel generator room, have indeed become a spectacular showcase for the virtues of salvaging both cast-off plant room space that might otherwise languish, and materials that would have ended up in landfill.

Source: Entire Sydney office fitted out with recycled materials and furniture wins sustainability award

Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

A window bank unearthed during the restoration process.

The building lived many lives before being decommissioned—barracks, courthouse, offices—and like archaeologists, building crews were able to uncover some original building components that had been long covered up. Vinyl flooring had been placed over terrazzo tile in the original mess hall. A utilitarian wall turned out to be hiding a whole bank of historic windows.

Source: Inside Mercy Housing’s restoration of Building 9 at Magnuson Park – Curbed Seattle

Plain English contemporary dream kitchen in a converted London schoolhouse

The main work space is flanked by two satellites: a cloakroom and elevator to the right of the stair, and, on the opposite side, an open panty.

Above: The main work space is flanked by two satellites: a cloakroom and elevator to the right of the stair, and, on the opposite side, an open panty.

The wide-plank flooring is original, newly lightened with a soap and lye finish. The black metal long-armed sconces were designed by the architects.

Source: Plain English contemporary dream kitchen in a converted London schoolhouse

Dreyfuss + Blackford’s historic power station conversion breaks ground in Sacramento – Archpaper.com

(Courtesy Dreyfuss + Blackford)

The adaptive reuse project covers 53,100 square-feet, including 22,800 square-feet of new space, to convert the structure into a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) center. There will also be a two-story addition that protrudes from the east side of the power station, containing main circulation, classrooms, offices, a café, and a 120-seat planetarium that rises above the building.

Source: Dreyfuss + Blackford’s historic power station conversion breaks ground in Sacramento – Archpaper.com

Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat 

Domino Park – Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Domino Park will open June 10.

Set to open to the public on June 10, the park — which was installed with reclaimed relics from the former Domino Sugar Refinery — has been converted into a quarter-mile long stretch of open green space running along the Williamsburg waterfront.

Source: Brooklyn’s new Domino Park features relics from the old sugar factory | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Planning Board denies yet another proposal to reuse West Side firehouse | WBFO

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“I’m not a developer. I don’t understand the machinery, the political machinery, to become a developer and make something else out of it,” said Blochoe. “Five previous owners have failed in doing something to this place, if my count is not mistaken, and I have no other plans.”

Source: Planning Board denies yet another proposal to reuse West Side firehouse | WBFO

City industries paved the way for art – SHINE

A Baowu Steel facility in northern Shanghai will be regenerated into an art and education hub, named Shanghai International Art City. Ti Gong

“Keeping the authenticity of the buildings has become a kind of art itself,” said Yongwoo Lee, artistic director of the Shanghai International Art City Research Institute. “Industrial heritage goes far beyond existing architectural recognition with unique standing and image.”

Source: City industries paved the way for art – SHINE

New architecture school brings lessons to life – REMI Network

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The addition of the L-shaped, two-wing building offers students a study in contrasts between these two modern construction methods, as well as between 19th-century-style timber construction and 21st-century CLT construction. Levitt said CLT was a natural choice considering the importance of timber and wood resources to northern Ontario, although there was little precedent for its institutional application in Canada at the time, much less on this scale.

Source: New architecture school brings lessons to life – REMI Network

Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

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“Adaptive use involves less waste of materials and less need for new building materials like drywall, plaster and concrete, which are highly energy and carbon intensive, even with the most sustainable production methodologies,” Green Generation Solutions CEO Brad Dockser said to ULI. “The ability to reuse windows, walls and ornamentation is critical. And it’s possible to be highly creative. I’ve seen people put an office or a conference room in what used to be a vault. Instead of spending enormous amounts of money”

Source: Steel Tariffs Just Another Reason Houston Developers Are Looking To Adaptive Reuse Projects

TRA on Union Renovates with Recycled Building Materials – SouthSoundTalk

“We found it would be more economical for us to reuse some of these materials instead of throwing them away and buying new ones,” Coates explained. “I think we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our environment.”“We had done studies to figure out what would happen if we tore down the existing site,” said Doug McNutt, Principal with Salus Architecture. “We realized that, yes, we could do that. But if we kept the original, we’d not only save money, we’d create something quite amazing.”

Source: TRA on Union Renovates with Recycled Building Materials – SouthSoundTalk

Holding onto history: Bozeman preservation effort gathers steam | City | bozemandailychronicle.com

Historic Preservation Awards

Michael Wallner, chair of the Historic Preservation Board, and Phillipe Gonzalez, a city historic preservation specialist, stand in front of The Rialto, one of the 2018 Bozeman Historic Preservation Award winners, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in downtown Bozeman.

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Their success is proof, said Wallner, chair of the city’s citizen Historic Preservation Advisory Board. “Bozeman can hang onto its history,” he said. The Rialto tied with the Masonic Temple for the board’s 2018 outstanding achievement award for historic preservation. The annual awards include titles like adaptive reuse, preservation stewardship and continued maintenance.

Source: Holding onto history: Bozeman preservation effort gathers steam | City | bozemandailychronicle.com

Here are N.J.’s 10 most endangered historic sites for 2018 | NJ.com

The Captain William Tyson House is owned by the Township of Rochelle Park which wants to either sell or raze the structure, officials say.

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“Several challenges face properties on this year’s endangered sites list, including neglect and deferred maintenance, threats incurred by redevelopment and new construction, difficulties raising adequate historic preservation funding, the need for creative adaptive reuse proposals, inadequate recognition and protection by government agencies, and political influences,” said Courtenay D. Mercer, president of PNJ.

Source: Here are N.J.’s 10 most endangered historic sites for 2018 | NJ.com

Vacant Sears stores present unique redevelopment opportunities – Curbed Chicago

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Despite Sears’ recent struggles, developers are eyeing the company’s former properties as major opportunities. Last year, Springbank Real Estate Group acquired the vacant Sears at 1900 W. Lawrence Avenue in the Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood and plans to transform the 1920’s era structure into 59 apartments, 91 parking spaces, and 30,000 square feet of commercial space.

Source: Vacant Sears stores present unique redevelopment opportunities – Curbed Chicago

Portion of BCPD’s green roof relocated to New York City building

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Kurt Tribbet, engineering administrator for the City of Battle Creek’s Public Works Department, unrolls a section of the police department’s green roof. (Photo: Trace Christenson/The Enquirer)

Rugh said the green roof has a life expectancy of up to 60 to 70 years, well above that of a conventional roof. “The most direct financial savings is the roof lasts so much longer,” he said. “You get one free roof for every green roof.”

Source: Portion of BCPD’s green roof relocated to New York City building

A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal

Photo Credit: Architects Nathanael Dorent and Lily Jencks

Although there are some updated elements, the structure still sits within the original stones of the farmhouse, and is topped by a pitched roof similar to the one that would have sheltered the old Scottish house.

Source: A Modern Solar-Powered Home Built Within the Ruins of an 18th-Century Farmhouse | Colossal

Fogarty Finger creates home in New Jersey propeller factory

Paulus Hook Residence by Fogarty Finger

“The architectural design aimed to convert the historic propeller-pattern factory into a modern home, while also restoring the classic details,” said a statement from Fogarty Finger.

 “The architects preserved the original wood joists, wood columns, concrete floors and machinery from the building’s industrial past and incorporated them into the main living space,” said the statement.

Source: Fogarty Finger creates home in New Jersey propeller factory

‘Our Towns’: James and Deborah Fallows on how small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving – Curbed

Greenville, South Carolina, one of the roughly two dozen communities highlighted in Our Towns. Shutterstock

Many cities are taking advantage of their 19th-century building stock, investing in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. They’re also adding art and music spaces, showcasing how small-town urbanism is alive and well.

Source: ‘Our Towns’: James and Deborah Fallows on how small cities aren’t just surviving, but thriving – Curbed

Explore Kew Gardens’ freshly restored Temperate House

Photography: Rosella Degori for The Spaces

The Grade I-listed glasshouse, which was designed by Decimus Burton and constructed in 1860, has been carefully restored by Donald Insall Associates. The architects have painstakingly dismantled, cleaned, re-painted and re-glazed over 69,000 individual parts of the 4,880 sqm building.

Source: Explore Kew Gardens’ freshly restored Temperate House

Preservationists: Climate change may deteriorate buildings | News | newsandtribune.com

Scott L. Miley | CNHI News Indiana Jonathan Spodek, director of the Ball State University graduate program in historic preservation, believes historic structures, including landmark courthouses and government buildings, can often be refitted for reuse, and not demolished as a first option.

“Even a highly-efficient new green building over its lifespan will use more energy and create more greenhouse gas issues than a rehabbed building of the same size. It will take 80 years for that debt to be recovered,” Lindberg said.He added, “We certainly don’t have 80 years to start making a difference. So the smartest thing we can do is to hang on to the buildings we can, serve those and make them more energy efficient.”

Source: Preservationists: Climate change may deteriorate buildings | News | newsandtribune.com

East Nashville church building eyed for hotel | Nashville Post

The two-parcel property has addresses of 819 and 901 Russell St. and spans a collective roughly 0.56 acres on either side of South Ninth Street in Historic Edgefield.

“The building is a great candidate for adaptive reuse,” Walker said. “And in many cities, inner-city churches have been successfully converted into residential units, hotels and theaters.”

Source: East Nashville church building eyed for hotel | Nashville Post

16 Art Installations and Exhibits Not to Miss in NYC in April 2018 | Untapped Cities

Phyllida Barlow for the High Line. Image via High Line Art

A prime example of adaptive reuse, The High Line provides the perfect context for Barlow, known for her use of throwaway materials, and the presentation of her work.

Source: 16 Art Installations and Exhibits Not to Miss in NYC in April 2018 | Untapped Cities

Village to upcycle old bridge in beautification project – Keremeos Review

Submitted A picture of the Red Bridge before it was updated in 2005.

The public works crew is going to take timbers and planks from the bridge to make a number of different items including a pergola for above the entry sign near Hilltop Esso. The wood will also be used to build a message board in the pocket park along with perhaps wood guards for trees or other items. “It’s really neat they they are going to use some of this old wood to do these new projects. I’m so glad they had the foresight to hold onto it,” she said.

Source: Village to upcycle old bridge in beautification project – Keremeos Review

Get inside the relocated Morris Marks House: Architectural Heritage Center’s Old House Revival Tour (photos) | OregonLive.com

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The Morris Marks House was built in 1880 based on designs by architect Warren Heywood Williams. The mansion, commissioned by a Polish shoe merchant, was originally located at 1134 S.W. 12th Ave.. It was moved in two pieces at a cost of about $440,000 in September 2017 to a vacant lot near the Interstate 405 interchange at Southwest Broadway and Sixth Avenue.

Source: Get inside the relocated Morris Marks House: Architectural Heritage Center’s Old House Revival Tour (photos) | OregonLive.com

Massimo Bottura and JR launch an haute-cuisine soup kitchen in a Paris crypt

Photography: JR

‘To feed the planet is not to produce more, it is to fight the waste,’ says Bottura. ‘How to fight it, with the beauty of the imagination of the chefs, the artists … With beauty, we will rebuild the dignity of those who come eat here.’

Source: Massimo Bottura and JR launch an haute-cuisine soup kitchen in a Paris crypt

The Battery Street Tunnel will become rubble storage, not public space – Curbed Seattle

The Battery Street Tunnel in 2009. Courtesy of WSDOT

Potential projects ranged from a mushroom farm to sustainable wastewater infrastructure. But after a City Council vote Monday afternoon, there’s only one thing that can happen to the tunnel: It will be filled with rubble and sealed off.

Source: The Battery Street Tunnel will become rubble storage, not public space – Curbed Seattle

This Seattle Builder is Reinventing Sustainable Housing | LinkedIn

“Rather than be like everyone else and scrape the entire lot, we chose to preserve the existing home and build a single-family home where the garage was located.“ Scraping the entire lot and building multiple units may lead to greater profits, says Maschmedt, “from an economic standpoint other builders are going to say we are leaving money on the table, and we probably are. But we look at the big picture. We look at the neighborhood and its people. We are looking at it from a community standpoint and the ri

Source: This Seattle Builder is Reinventing Sustainable Housing | LinkedIn

PHOTOS: New restaurant brings farm-to-table dining to Charlotte’s uptown – Charlotte Business Journal

Haymaker, Farm to Table Restaurant

The restaurant’s design melds rustic, mid-centruy modern and industrial touches. The goal was to create an approachable space, where a night out on the town or a meal before or after a baseball game can happen, Dissen says. “You want to have that blend between the space and the food,” he says.

Source: PHOTOS: New restaurant brings farm-to-table dining to Charlotte’s uptown – Charlotte Business Journal

Sydney’s big corporate achievers making more money by turning green | ABC Radio Australia

Affectionately known as the Money Box, 5 Martin Place is one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings. (Credit: ABC licensed)

“If you look at the steel, we’ve avoided 5,000 tonnes in carbon emissions by not having to produce the steel that would have been needed to replace that building,” Mr Wall said.

Source: Sydney’s big corporate achievers making more money by turning green | ABC Radio Australia

24 vacant Detroit schools go up for sale – Curbed Detroit

Cooley High School Photo by Chuckjav/Wikimedia Commons

Each property is listed with a link to its Google Street View—giving an idea of what the property and the surrounding areas look like—plus square footage, acreage, and the year each property was built. No prices are listed; these properties will go to the best offer.

Source: 24 vacant Detroit schools go up for sale – Curbed Detroit

This amazing renovated school bus is a bright, airy home for a family of six | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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After months of hard work, the family managed to convert the old bus into a comfy 250 square feet of living space by using several space-efficient tactics.

Source: This amazing renovated school bus is a bright, airy home for a family of six | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Quake survivors ditch the high-life for the ‘bus life’ | Stuff.co.nz

The stained wood-paneling was Amber Macintosh's idea, and she did sanding and staining for the fit-out.

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The stained wood-paneling was Amber Macintosh’s idea, and she did sanding and staining for the fit-out.

It took another five years, a post-traumatic stress breakdown for Cleverley and post-natal depression for Macintosh, before they acted on their mid-quake epiphany. Cleverley spent 2016 converting an old school bus bought on Trade Me and the pair, along with their children, Jake, 6, and Daisy, 4, swapped corporate office jobs for life on the road.

Source: Quake survivors ditch the high-life for the ‘bus life’ | Stuff.co.nz

RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Breweries can improve slum and blight in a community by creating an adaptive reuse for derelict/vacant buildings such as old department stores, warehouses, churches, fire stations and train stations. Once the buildings are retrofitted as craft breweries, they have the potential to become a major catalyst for revitalization within a city, attracting additional visitors, job creation and investment.

Source: RMA Taps New Beer Trends to Combat Urban Blight – Press Release – Digital Journal

Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine 

Courtesy of Trinity Financial – Trinity Financial is redeveloping the Van Brodie Mill into affordable housing in Lawrence, Mass. The completed project will contain eight studio apartments, 25 one-, 56 two-, and 13 three-bedroom apartments.

“We are thrilled to begin the transformation of the Van Brodie Mill,” said Trinity Financial project manager Dan Drazen. “Thanks to MassHousing’s investment, this project will breathe new life into a historically significant asset while creating much-needed mixed-income housing in the Gateway City of Lawrence.”

Source: Developer to Turn Massachusetts Mill Into Affordable Housing| Housing Finance Magazine | Adaptive Reuse, Construction Finance, Tom Lyons, Dan Drazen, Rob Vest, Thomas McColgan, Trinity Financial, MassHousing, Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Red Stone Equity Partners, TD Bank, Massachusetts

Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

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The chalkboards from the classrooms were preserved and became part of the living units. (photo from CASTO).

Part of the allure of these reimagined luxury apartments was the fact that it was once a school – so the architects preserved not just the historic structure, but the wood floors of the basketball court, 20 ft. hallways, chalkboards, and more.

Source: Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

(Photo courtesy of City of Wilmington)

“The former fire station is on the historic register and it is surrounded by the beautiful community of Forty Acres,” Purzycki said in a press statement. “Given the character and uniqueness of the properties in the surrounding neighborhood, the City will look for creative uses for the property that take into consideration what’s appropriate for the community. Considering the structure’s historic nature we hope to receive ideas for an adaptive reuse that preserves the building’s exterior.”

Source: Cool space alert: Wilmington is looking for reuse ideas for Old Fire Station No. 5 – Technical.ly Delaware

A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Paneling was reclaimed by 93ft from a chambers office in Derbyshire. Above, custom lights are designed and manufactured by 93ft, complete with repurposed original light fittings to contrast against the original London stone. Wayfinding light box designed and made by 93ft.

Source: A London Hotel Transforms & Keeps its Heritage Spirit – Design*Sponge

Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says

(Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Officials from both groups gave similar explanations Monday for why they began marketing their proposals long before they’d normally be made public. In short, both wanted to get ahead of the city’s deliberations on the matter and get their ideas before a broad audience, hopefully generating public support for efforts to save a building whose future has long been in question.

Source: Sheboygan Armory online hype ‘very unusual,’ city official says