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Seeking examples: Adaptive Reuses of 19th Century Industrial Bldgs

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

    Posted 9 days ago
    Edited by Jackie Barton 9 days ago
    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 9 days ago
    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 7 days ago
    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 8 days ago
    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 8 days ago
    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 7 days ago
    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 7 days ago
    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 7 days ago
    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 6 days ago
    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 6 days ago
    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 5 days ago
    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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