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Honoring African American History at Oberlin Village

The community of Historic Oberlin Village in Raleigh, North Carolina has a story to tell: one of accomplishment, pride, and overcoming incredible obstacles. Founded by African American freedmen and freedwomen around 1870, they created an independent town that consisted of twelve blocks with...

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The Collaboration Between Architect and Preservationist in Bringing Trinity Church into the 21st Century

By Katherine Malishewsky One of the most important things we can do to encourage the preservation of our historic buildings is to keep the programs within them relevant and functional. When a building fails to meet user needs, this is often the start of a careful dance where owner, architect,...

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From Dilapidated to Delectable: How the Passion for Pie Created a District

By Chris Aronson and Mary Gilliland On the morning before Halloween 2015, two architects from Vaught Frye Larson Aronson Architects (VFLA) stood in an abandoned building in Fort Collins, Colorado. Appropriate to the holiday, the cob-webbed interior was cold and musty; it smelled like decay...

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Almost Lost: Preserving Page Woodson, Past and Future

By Julie Dalia and Amanda Warr Oklahoma City’s 1910 Page Woodson School had been vacant and vandalized for almost 25 years when—through an astonishing collaboration between the community; the city, county, and federal governments; and an inspired developer who listened to a community and...

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Code Versus Compatibility: Striking the Right Balance at Many Glacier Hotel

What do we do when an iconic, character-defining feature of a National Historic Landmark is lost? Our firm asked this question at the outset of our design work for the rehabilitation of Many Glacier Hotel in Glacier National Park. Built in 1916, the hotel originally featured a unique “double...

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Detroit's Foundation Hotel: Navigating Pitfalls and Unlocking Opportunities in a Historic Hotel Renovation

By Kevin Blind and Todd Sachse In a city like Detroit, an ongoing urban renaissance and an abundance of historically significant buildings presents exciting opportunities for renovation and reinvention. However, transforming an architectural landmark isn’t exactly a paint-by-numbers process....

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