Places that are rewarding emerge slowly, through the persistent sculpting of possibility, attending to the grain of the surroundings, listening to the pulse of aspiration, and deftly, patiently adding to the common understanding of what a place can become and what it can mean in our lives.
Donlyn Lyndon

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ehabilitation encompasses those actions and processes that make it possible to adapt a historical building for a compatible, contemporary use, while protecting its heritage value.  This adaptive reuse of obsolete, yet significant, structures began more than a thousand years ago when a few pagan temples were saved from destruction and converted to Christian basilicas.
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Today, adaptive reuse, particularly in urban cores, is an important element in land conservation and reducing urban sprawl.  Successful adaptive reuse has eliminated urban blight in small, historic Midwestern towns as well as the inner city of large metropolitan areas.  Durable Restoration has successfully worked with building owners, city planners, as well as non-profit foundations in the rehabilitation of many of these historic downtown buildings and storefronts for their continued use, or a new, compatible, contemporary use.  Such was the case of the historic Reese Peters Mansion (circa 1834) in Lancaster, Ohio, which had been vacant for close to fifty years.  The year-long interior/exterior museum-quality restoration process of this treasured historic structure resulted in the beautiful new home of the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio.

Not all adaptive reuse projects are so grandiose or historically significant. Durable Restoration’s lengthy portfolio in this area includes residential and commercial in addition to institutional, non-profit projects.