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Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

  • 1.  Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-12-2020 10:50
    Edited by Jackie Barton 10-12-2020 13:21
    Hi all- (edited with what I already have)

    I'm seeking examples of appropriate and strong economic adaptive reuses of 19th Century industrial buildings-- bonus points for weirdly shaped buildings that still contain original machinery inside. I'm working with a client that wants to save an original building related to early energy uses, and it contains a lot of the early machinations as well. I'd love to be able to offer them some concrete examples outside the usual "make it a museum" idea that is always front and center, especially given the financial realities of the museum field right now.

    I have the following on my list already:

    • Buffalo Trace Distillery (I guess this is technically not adaptive use since it's still a distillery)
    • Mill 19 in Pittsburgh - Offices/Mixed
    • Seattle Gas Works - Park
    • Austrian Gasometers - Housing
    • Waterfire Arts Center in Providence's U.S. Rubber Company plant
    • SteelStacks in Bethelhem (PA) - commercial mixed-use of office and retail, with a casino
    • Philadelphia shipbuilding structures - corporate campus for Urban Outfitters
    • Sloss Furnaces in Alabama (this one is basically a museum/historic site, I think)
    Again, thank you for anything specific you can point to. These big, often contaminated sites tell important stories but are can be intimidating to undertake. Successful examples are helpful.

    Jackie B.


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    Jackie Barton
    Birch Wood Planning, LLC
    Westerville OH
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  • 2.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-13-2020 07:36
    The Lansing (MI) Board of Power and Light building is an excellent example: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180624/news/664516/accident-funds-power-plant-headquarters-parallels-fords-train-station


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    Nancy Finegood
    Eaton Rapids MI
    5176635211
    Nancyfinegood@gmail.com
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  • 3.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-14-2020 09:23
    McCrory Dry Cleaning building, Easton MD (completed).
    Factory F, Phillips Packing House, Cambridge, MD (under renovations now).
    Both done by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.
    https://www.eslc.org

    Midge Ingersoll
    Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance
    Dorchester County Maryland
    Www.Restorehandsell.org




  • 4.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-13-2020 08:57
    Here in Wytheville, Virginia, we have the R.P. Johnson building, which was originally a blacksmith shop and wagon factory established in 1840. It was a wagon/carriage manufacturer for decades and then eventually switched over to farm equipment, I believe. It now houses Seven Sisters Brewery. The project won the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's "Best Adaptive Reuse" award this year. Here's the brewery's website: https://www.sevensistersbreweryva.com/

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    Morgan Herbert
    Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and Museum
    Wytheville VA
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  • 5.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-14-2020 07:01
    Forgive me if I am repeating, but I am aware of two examples in Omaha.

    One is the Omaha Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, located at 1514-1524 Cuming Street in North Omaha, Nebraska. Designed by Albert Kahn.


    The other is a project to adapt a former power plant into residential, I believe:


    I'm not sure about whether either includes original equipment, but the latter might?







  • 6.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-14-2020 18:05
    American Icon Brewery in Vero Beach, Florida is a good example. The project received federal historic tax credits within the last 5 years. The building is an old diesel power plant, and the owner used one of the large generators as a backdrop to the bar, and they installed the beer taps in the generator! It's one of my favorite adaptive reuse projects in Florida.  American Icon Brewery

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    Alissa Lotane
    Tallahassee FL
    8502456357
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  • 7.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-14-2020 09:52
    Nichols Station Apartments in Madison Wisconsin.  A former water pumping station that incorporates equipment into their lobby space.

      http://www.nicholsstation.com/photogallery.aspx

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    Sarah Polzin
    Frederick MD
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  • 8.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-14-2020 12:02
    Yes, we even have them in Los Angeles!

    Capitol Milling

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    Cindy Olnick
    Communications consultant for historic places and preservation
    Los Angeles, CA
    cindyolnick.com
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  • 9.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-15-2020 15:47
    American Tobacco Company Campus in Durham, North Carolina!

    http://www.hipstorical.com/american-tobacco-campus/


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    Jamie Merriman-Cohen
    Seattle WA
    2069149003
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  • 10.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-15-2020 16:03
    Not exactly 19th Century, but the RealSilk complex (housing) and the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant (mixed use)  in Indianapolis are interesting.  Powerhouse Theater in Walla Walla also comes to mind.  Finally, the University of WA campus in Tacoma is housed in a collection of former warehouses in the downtown area.  A former power plant is now the library.

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    Mary Thompson
    Anacortes WA
    3608663873
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  • 11.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-16-2020 12:48
    Hi there! If you're still needing examples, here's one in Fredericksburg, VA. Former gas plant with portion of blower incorporated into entryway taken over by a local construction firm.
    http://wackgc.com/location/


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    Helen Ross
    Fredericksburg VA
    5408994033
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  • 12.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-29-2020 15:47

    MASS MoCA: This one might be obvious and it's a museum, but it also houses artist studios and rented office space within the large complex.

     

    https://massmoca.org/about/history/

     

    Lesley Herzberg

    Executive Director

    Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead

    780 Holmes Road

    Pittsfield, MA 01201

    413.442.1793 x10

    Mobydick.org

     



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    Lesley Herzberg
    Pittsfield MA
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  • 13.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-30-2020 08:00
    These examples are so awesome. I feel as though I should write a brief article or something to capture it all. 





  • 14.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-31-2020 07:24
    Winston-Salem Union train station is another great example.  Was a train station used for train travel up until 1960s.  Now renovated, the city Transporation department moved their offices and controls to the lower floor to manage all the city signals, lights, and cameras.  The upper floors will be mixed use restaurants and offices, while there is still a small museum planned in the original entry and ticketing area.

    https://www.traditionalbuilding.com/product-report/winston-salem-union-station-restoration



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  • 15.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 11-01-2020 09:51
    We went out of our way 18 months ago to see the American Tobacco Company buildings in Durham, NC. I sensed that the occupancy was struggling even then, but the buildings and public spaces between them are very attractive in demonstrating successful adaptive reuse.



    Ilene R. Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP
    ilene.tyler@gmail.com
    m 734.417.3730
    www.tylertopics.com







  • 16.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-30-2020 08:07
    Check out the Cigar Factory in Charleston, SC - it originated as a cotton mill in the 1880s before being converted to a cigar factory in the 1910s. It is now a mixed-use development which includes stores, restaurants, and Clemson & College of Charleston's Masters of Science in Historic Preservation program.

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    Lindsay Crockett
    Historic Preservation Planner
    Knoxville-Knox County Planning
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  • 17.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-30-2020 10:55
    Excellent example in Winston-Salem, NC -- the original Power Plant for RJ Reynolds Tobacco still has cobblestones, RR track for unloading coal, and indoor
    rails at ceiling for rolling the coal loader back and forth. Now repurposed for offices, brewery, pizza, and more.

    Also former Salem Cotton Mill now repurposed as Brookstown Inn, WS Visitors Center, and Wake Forest University Graduate School

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    Thomas Frank
    University Professor
    Wake Forest University
    Winston-Salem, NC
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  • 18.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-30-2020 12:10
    Hi,

    Here are a few examples in Minnesota:
    1. - Milwaukee Depot and Train Shed - http://www2.minneapolismn.gov/cped/projects/cped_milwaukee_depot
    2.- Bandana Square - https://www.wellingtonmgt.com/property/bandana-square
    3.- Grain Belt Brewery - https://www.mbjeng.com/home/projects/renovation-adaptive-reuse/grain-belt-brewery-renovation/

    Hope this helps!

      

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    Kevin Vazquez
    Minneapolis MN
    6126043633
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  • 19.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-30-2020 13:36
    At the Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, a campus shared by Denver Community College, Metro State University and the University of Colorado-Denver, a former brewery now serves at the campus student union.  The disused brewery was converted into a shopping mall in the early 1980s but did not thrive financially.  In the early 1990s, the students at AHEC voted to acquire the lease and convert the Tivoli into their student union.  A full building revitalization project, also funded by student fees, was completed in the early 2000s.

    https://www.ahec.edu/services-departments/tivoli

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    Gerhard Petri
    Denver CO
    3037480544
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  • 20.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 10-31-2020 10:57
    Hi,

    I've posted this before, so forgive the cross-posting.  There's also an excellent resource from Preservation Connecticut - more than a database! - which has documented all (or nearly all) of the mills in Connecticut:  https://connecticutmills.org  If you go to "Experience Mills," you'll see mills grouped by what they have become (e.g., health/wellness, housing), and can even link to the businesses in the mills.  Staff member Renee Tribert coordinated the project and continues to keep it updated.

    Nice to "see" some folks at the conference over the last few days.

    Cheers!
    Sara Bronin

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    Sara C. Bronin
    Thomas F. Gallivan Chair of Real Property Law
    Faculty Director, Center for Energy & Environmental Law
    UConn Law School
    Chair, Preservation Connecticut (formerly Connecticut Trust Historic Preservation)
    www.sarabronin.com
    Twitter: @sarabronin
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  • 21.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 11-01-2020 09:04
    The Quaker Square project in Akron, Ohio was an early example of adaptive use for an agricultural mill, factory, and grain elevator complex in the early 1970s.  It was adapted for restaurants and shops.  The complex was built by the Quaker Oats Company.  Another example of industrial adaptive use in Indianapolis is the former Kahn Tailoring Co. Factory, which has been converted to affordable housing using the federal historic rehabilitation tax credits and the low income housing credits.

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    James A. Glass, Ph.D.
    Principal
    Historic Preservation & Heritage Consulting LLC
    Indianapolis, IN
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  • 22.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 11-02-2020 06:48
    White Hall Grist Mill, now Clipper Mill, in Baltimore. It is actually 18th century but is an excellent example of adaptive reuse. It is now home to many businesses(Preservation Maryland is one) and apartments. Beautiful beautiful buildings. I hope it is ok that it is 18th century. 

    Judy Hannon 





  • 23.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 11-03-2020 08:10
    Edited by D. Coley 11-03-2020 08:12

    A great example of this reuse in a small town is the Morganton Trading Company Complex in Morganton, NC.  The Complex was started in 1881 with additions until 1970 and was a textile company. Today it houses the City of Morganton offices and Town Hall with an extraordinary council chamber. It also houses flats for rent both for offices and residential use and has a restaurant. It has been a great asset to our town and community.

    https://www.morgantonnc.gov/index.php/government/city-manager/city-hall/1840-history-of-morganton-trading-company-complex


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    D. Coley
    Morganton NC
    8284398536
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  • 24.  RE: Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

    Posted 02-02-2021 07:47
    I am returning to you all with an update on this building as a thank you for your help. The building was the Concord (NH) Gasholder Building. Thanks in part to your excellent examples from other places, the city has taken important first commitments toward preservation of the building as part of a larger rehabilitation of the surrounding neighborhood. This forum is indispensable when one needs comparables from elsewhere!  An article on the most recent city action can be found here: https://www.concordmonitor.com/gasholder-concord-nh-38339248

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    Jackie Barton
    Westerville OH
    *Opinions my own and not those of my employer, clients, or anyone else they annoy.
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