Happy New Year. I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the start of 2014 last night and had a chance to listen to the playlist I posted. I know it has nothing to do with architecture, historic preservation, urban planning and design but I thought might find the seriously funky dance music on it worth a listen. I about a week since we hit 5,000 page views I see that we're already heading toward 6,000 page views. That's so amazing. I think we can do 10,000 page views by April 1. Are you up for the challenge?
|World Trade Center, New Orleans, La|
Edward Durell Stone (1966-67)
The city of New Orleans put out a public Request for Proposals in January 2013 for the WTC's building and the surrounding site. Gatehouse Capital corporation of Dallas, Texas (and largest developer of the W Hotel chain), James H. Burch LLC, and Tricentennial Consortium, a coalition of the leaders of New Orleans' major tourism organizations all submitted proposals for the redevelopment of the site. Gatehouse and James H. Burch's proposals focused on repurposing the building into a hotel and residential condominiums. Tricentennial's proposal looked to take down the building and construct an "iconic symbol" of New Orleans in its place as a way to generate more tourism. How lame does that sound? Although many civic officials favor demolition, including May Mitch Landrieu, the New Orleans Building Corporation chose to go with Gatehouse's proposal because they had the clearest vision of redevelopment and economic development the others lacked. The Gatehouse proposal included the conversion of the lower twelve floors of the thirty-three story building into a 245-room W Hotel and the remaining floors would be repurposed as luxury condominiums. While the plans haven't been finalized yet, the two parties entered into lease negotiations this past September.
|New Orleans World Trade Center|
New Orleans, Louisiana
The restoration of the Old City Hal Tower in Tulsa, OK is a current example this current of restoring mid-century modern
|Old City Hall Tower|
|Orlando Utilities Commission Building|
As the American economy s-l-o-w-l-y begins to rebound, adaptive reuse is beginning to be recognized as smart approach for hoteliers looking to attract a younger generation by providing innovative technology in a mid-century setting. No big surprise that the real estate industry has taken notice. This trend was a major subject of discussion at the Crittenden National Real Estate Conference this past spring. Panelists discussed the benefits of adaptive reuse (I have yet to hear of any negatives), touching on the tax incentives and highlighting the advantage that historic buildings have in creating a narrative in a modern setting that presents a city's march into the future. The mid-century modern buildings in Tulsa, New Orleans, and Orlando have found new life as symbols of innovation and cutting-edge design.
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