Butler center : a case for the adaptive reuse of industrial buildings
School of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Hewitt, Mark A.
Papademetriou, Peter C.
Industrial buildings--Remodeling for other use
This thesis is a study of the viability of adaptive reuse principles through a comparison between the rehabilitation of the industrial city of Lowell, Massachusetts and the former American Hard Rubber Company building in Butler, New Jersey. Historical, social, and architectural profiles of both sites were made to support my feasibility study and designs for the complex at Butler. The site at Lowell was analyzed as a successful model of an adaptive reuse project to measure the proposals for Butler.
Butler's site has been reused, but this study found it to be largely deficient in its adherence to accepted adaptive reuse principles. Moreover, my feasibility study called into question the long-range vitality of Butler's complex, citing that the composition of occupants is not diverse enough to sustain considerable shifts in the economy. In contrast to Lowell's model, in which the public and private sectors at large embraced the rehabilitation efforts, Butler adopted a one dimensional strategy toward reuse and failed to consider its own historical significance. My master plan was designed to afford Butler a better long-range economic composition, and thereby demonstrate the viability and social stability of adaptive reuse principles.
njit-etd1995-004 (127 pages ~ 12,700 KB pdf)
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