Treatments > Adaptive Use

Definition

"The process of converting a building to a use other than that for which it was designed, e.g., changing a factory into housing. Such a conversion is accomplished with varying alterations to the building."

Murtagh, William J. Keeping Time: The History and Theory of Preservation in America, Pittstown, New Jersey: The Main Street Press, 1988, p. 213

"Adaptive use means providing older structures that would otherwise be demolished with new functions. It usually involves extensive restoration and renovation of both the interior and exterior of the building."

Guide to Historic Preservation, Washington, DC: American Institute of Architects, Committee on Historic Resources, 1985, pamphlet.

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