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Old Posted Jan 29, 2007, 6:41 AM
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Favorite Adaptive Reuse Buildings

Lets see some of your favorite projects that have taken an existing building and given it a new use and life.

"Adaptive reuse is the process of adapting old structures for new purposes."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptive_reuse


Pearl Townhomes (1996 & 2000)
Portland, OR
This project takes twin former rail-based warehouses with loading docks and capitalizes on the building's design features making them into attractive and highly sought after urban rowhouses. Each of the bays of the building became a different rowhouse unit, the loading dock became a long row of porches overlooking NW 11th Ave. in the heart of the Pearl District.






McMenamins Kennedy School (1997)
Portland, OR
Formerly an elementary school in a Portland neighborhood, built in 1915. Closed in 1975. Made into a Hotel, Brewpub Restaurant, Movie Theater, Soaking Pool and Brewery using the existing interior. The hotel guestrooms are in the former classrooms with the original chalkboards, the movie theater is in the gymnasium.


www.thompsonian.net/travel/portland2k/page08.html


www.thompsonian.net/travel/portland2k/page08.html

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Boston Globe article: Steeped in vintage finery, Portland inn is in class by itself

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Old Posted Jan 29, 2007, 7:19 AM
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San Francisco

1. The Asian Art Museum/Chong Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture was formerly the city's Carnegie library. A $160 million conversion by Gae Aulenti (architect who also turned Paris's Gare D'Orsay in the Musee' D'Orsay) made the change.



2. The Williams Building, an early 20th century office building, became part of the new St. Regis Hotel

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The new--the Williams Building can be seen on the corner with the new highrise surrounding it


3. Ritz Carlton Residences--another old downtown office building (the red brick section) is having a new addition which doubles its height and turns it into a new condo/timeshare run by Ritz Carlton
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NYC has a number.

The current best, Chelsea Market (where the Oreo was invented), the market spans an entire city block with an 800-foot central concourse.

To get an idea of how large the market is look at this photo, the market occupies the entire first floor!













And a backview where the highline cuts through. Another exciting adaptive re-use project.



Learn more about that project here:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=119155

Another public use adaptive resuse project is Bridge Market under the Queensboro Bridge, although it is nowhere as near impressive, it's a great and gorgeous project nevertheless:



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Whoops! The reminded me of San Francisco's best of all: The Ferry Building Food Hall





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Old Posted Jan 29, 2007, 8:12 AM
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For Lansing...

Arbaugh Lofts: The former Arbaugh Department Store was convereted to loft and ground floor retail usage recently.



Cooley Law School: This former Lansing Masonic Temple was convereted for classroom use for what has become the nation's largest law school.





I also like this former bank turned nightclub in Old Town Lansing

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i don't know how to put up a pic but Abilene, TX has many in the T&P distric of downtown: Cypress Building -The original Windsor Hotel was built in 1890 and is the oldest commercial building in Abilene. It is now a bookstore and Chamber of Commerse i think. Another is the old rail road station now the downtown info office.
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There have been quite a few in Fort Worth, but here are two of my favorites.

The old, vacant, run-down Montgomery Ward store from 1928 in the Cultural District (just west of downtown) has been reborn as Montgomery Plaza, with condos on the upper floors and ground-level retail:



Then, the stunning Texas & Pacific rail station from 1931, a masterpiece of Art Deco, has become loft condos - *and* is still a train station, serving the Trinity Railway Express commuter train.







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The better example of that, it is a gotic church in Netherlands used as hotel. The outside was kept, but inside the clearance of the ceiling was converted in a 2-3 storey hotel. I tried to find it here in net, but I could not found. It is a very interesting project, as in Europe some not used churchs had that final and in my oppinion nothing better than sleping in God hands. Also the hotel is very nice and the project was wonderful made. Unfortunatly I do not remember in which city was that.

I found. It was a Kloster in Maastricht transformated in hotel. Kruisherenhotel Maastricht - Netherlands



By the way, too romantic and you are already in home asking somebody in weeding.

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Club Avalon in New York City is a former church.



I've always felt a little weird and a little bad getting plastered and picking up girls here.

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Let us not forget the national Guard Armory turned porn factory as discussed here: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=123532
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Church of Skatan
Santa Barbara, CA
Former Baptist Church now Skate Shop


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http://www.grayarchitects.com/portfo...ra_church.html
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Old Posted Jan 30, 2007, 1:55 AM
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Stern,

I'm glad you brought up the church, because up until a few months ago, the Temple Club in Old Town Lansing was a night club. It closed due to bad business practices. It was the old Bethlehem Temple Church:







This old bank in REO Town just south of downtown was transformed into the Lansing's Prosthetics Center, probably the strangest reuse.



And, this former restaurant is being converted to a church in Old Town Lansing.

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Lighthouses

There are some lighthouses, very beautiful ones also, not used for navigation anymore, and converted in hotels, private houses, museums and so on. For example this one in Scotland used as hotel. In Key West today is a museum and several other examples.
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Reading Terminal - Philadelphia

In Philly the former Reading Terminal trainshed transformed into the ballroom of the Pennsylvania convention center.






Rear of the trainshed prior to transformation in 1991


Rear of the trainshed post transformation


Interior of the trainshed in 1984 before closure


Interior of trainshed now convention space(and used as the airport terminal in the movie 12 Monkies)- note the brass rails on the floor show where the original train tracks once were.

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There's a few interesting reuses in Denver (Images courtesy of DenverInfill.com):

1) The Flour Mill Lofts, which was a old flour mill built in 1920, now residential lofts. The original building is on the right, the left is a addition. The old flour mill was abandoned for decades and was used by transients and homeless kids for shelter, the interior reflected this with graffiti everywhere, some of which was incorporated into the conversion. Also, the flour mill is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a young girl who fell to her death down one of the flour silos while exploring the upper levels.





2) The Denver Dry Building, orginally a department store, now residences with ground floor retail.




There's quite a few more, especially in the Lower Downtown and Ballpark neighborhoods that are more fascinating remodels of former industrial buildings, but I could not find any pictures.
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An interesting one in Detroit is that the NFL Ford Field actually incoprorates into its design one of the J.L. Hudson Department Store's historic warehouse buildings:

Ford Field








UrbanTiki - http://www.flickr.com/photos/urbantiki/

It's the building directly south and attached to the stadium. It has the ability to contain a hotel, office space...ect.
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A few of my favorites from my state capital, Columbia, SC:

The Sylvan Building, at the Corner of Main and Hampton Streets, was built in Second Empire design and is one of the few undamaged examples of this type of architecture in Columbia. Built as the Central National Bank, it was absorbed by the Loan and Exchange Bank in 1886. It has been the home of Sylvan's Jewelry Store since 1906, and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.




The Barringer Building is considered to be South Carolina's first skyscraper. Built in 1903 as the National Loan & Exchange Bank, the building is a steel-frame structure rising twelve stories above Main Street. It has been renovated into 75 apartments.




Completed in 1913 for the Palmetto National Bank, the Palmetto Building, on Main Street, was Columbia's second skyscraper. It is presently undergoing renovations, preparing to become a boutique Sheraton hotel.




The South Carolina State Museum is housed in the historic Columbia Mills building, which opened in 1894 as the world's first totally electric textile mill.

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Akron's Quaker Square - formerly silos for the Quaker Oat company, now a hotel. It's not the prettiest, but I always loved how they incorporated the hotel rooms into the silos:


Cleveland - any of the residential projects in the Warehouse District. One of the biggest and best is the Bingham (former hardware warehouse):
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I agree about Quaker Square. A big concrete grain elevator could be a massive white elephant, but they did re-use it. During a visit to Akron and Youngstown I made a point of booking a room there, just becuase it is just such a funkly place to stay.

For this part of Ohio, the two sucessfull high-profile re-uses have to be Cincinnati Union Terminal,first renovated into a shopping center, then re-renovated into a museum complex, and the Springfield, Ohio, City Building, which is now a large local history museum (and a little coffee shop in front)




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Some reuse buildings around the Quad Cities.

Caxton Block, Moline. Formerly an industrial warehouse, now office space.


Old John Deere factory, Moline. Now Office space and shops.


Crescent macaroni and cracker factory, Davenport. now loft apartments.



Old department store, Rock Island. Now loft apts and karate school.


Old office block, Rock Island. Now loft apts, restaurant, martini bar and cigar store.


Old Moline High School Lofts.


Redstone Building, Davenport. Formerly a department store now a great nightclub, restaurant, coffee shop and a music museum.



Mississippi Hotel, (left) Davenport. Now loft apts.


Old office block Davenport. Will open as lofts in 2008.
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