Adaptive Reuse

Once upon a time, in a part of Miami there was a place so special it drew people from the South as well as the rest of the nation and became recognized as “The Social Center of the South.” Inside the doors of the Hampton House Motel, featured luxurious accommodations with valet parking, a banquet hall and a jazz club where all colors of people congregated to hear the best performers of the day. The Hampton House was important historically, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali were frequent guests and was the meeting hall for performers, musicians, socialites, and politicians.

Hampton House / Miami, FL

Project Details

By the time we became involved as the Historic Preservation Consultant, the property had long sat vacant, which made the work to bring it back to life extremely challenging. Some of the original features of the motel were gone or so far deteriorated that the best option was to replicate what was there using photographic documentation.

The slides above show condition, historical photos used as references and the restoration outcome.

  • Adaptive Use
  • Research / Documentation
  • Specifications
  • Preservation Advocacy
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Downtown Revitalization

The One Bistro Xenia project is a preservation success story of adaptively using a vacant space into a much-needed restaurant venue with help from CDBG funds and local grants provided by the City of Xenia.

One Bistro / Xenia, OH

Project details

This project is a brilliant co-habitation of community service, downtown‬ redevelopment, thriving communities, ‪giving back‬, and ‪historic preservation‬. One Bistro involves the combination of rehabilitating an historic retail space in the downtown, the establishment of a community restaurant that embraces a “pay what you can afford” concept while providing community-based, integrated employment opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

One Bistro exemplifies the power of community partnership, funding preservation projects, and furthering preservation at the local level.

  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Funding
  • Commercial Building Codes
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