Rehabilitation Topics

The New Historic Marketplace

The New Historic Marketplace

Travelers and locals alike flock to historic market buildings around the world. In the United States, among the best known are Union Market in Washington, DC (1931), Pike’s Place in Seattle (1901), Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia (1893), and the City Market in Charleston (1804). Today, developers take inspiration from the success of these purpose-built marketplaces to create unique food experiences in the form of trendy food halls, often reusing historic buildings with an open interior volume as their canvas.

TWA Hotel takes preservation to new heights

TWA Hotel takes preservation to new heights

The TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport in New York welcomed travelers for four decades, but by 2001 the terminal had outgrown its usefulness and its future was thrown into uncertainty. The recent rehabilitation effort led by MCR/MORSE Development brought the fantasy and romance of air travel back to life in the form of the TWA Hotel.

'The Greenest Building': Sustainability and Economics in Building Reuse

'The Greenest Building': Sustainability and Economics in Building Reuse

This St. Paddy’s week, America’s urban areas are crawling with green-clad revelers drinking green-colored beverages. No doubt that many of these merry-makers will be patronizing pubs in historic buildings and main streets that have benefited from historic preservation efforts. They may not be painted green for the occasion (although there may be a few), but these buildings are often considered ‘the greenest buildings,’ a term coined by American architect and sustainability expert Carl Elefante (FAIA, LEED AP) when he declared, “The greenest building is the one that is already built.”

Commercial Business District Office Towers Can Benefit From Historic Tax Credits

Since industrialization, urban centers across the country have been building up. Early multi-story masonry buildings gave way to glass and steel skyscrapers to create the skylines that have become iconic for many cities. In the 1920s and 1930s, technology and design collided to create the International Style of building that became the prevalent blueprint for modern construction for many decades.

But what is to be done about the millions of square feet that have been left vacant and obsolete when businesses abandon these towers for new facilities or more convenient locations?

Veteran and Military Properties Rehabbed Using Historic Tax Credits

Just as the valiant men and women who are honored this week for Veteran’s Day, there are many retired military properties that have been honored through preservation and reuse. MHA has had the privilege of being consultants on a few.