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.