Six examples of facadism in urban settings

Facadism is a practice where the facade of a structure is preserved with a new building constructed around or behind it. During the latter half of the 20th century, facadism has been used as a type of compromise solution between developers seeking higher densities and preservationist desiring to preserve a community's historic sense of place and/or buildings of aesthetic or historic interest. Here are six examples of facadism involving a mix of uses across the country.


1. Hampton Inn & Suites San Antonio-Downtown/Market Square 411 South Flores Street, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio is a city known for its adaptive reuse hotel projects. The redevelopment of the historic Ace Mart Restaurant Supply building is no exception to San Antonio’s rule. In 2014, a portion of the building’s exterior facade was preserved and used as a part of a 105-room Hampton Inn hotel.

2. Citrix Systems 120 South West Street, Raleigh, NC

In 2014, Citrix Systems opened a 170,000-square-foot headquarters in Raleigh’s historic warehouse district. The project took shape in the form of redeveloping an abandoned warehouse into a workplace shaped to stimulate creativity, collaboration, employee engagement and productivity.

3. Cowford Chophouse 101 East Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL

101 East Bay Street opened in 1902 as the First National Bank of Florida and once was home to several professional offices, including the office of famed architect Henry John Klutho. With support from the City of Jacksonville and the Downtown Investment Authority, the long vacant building was gutted down to its exterior walls to allow for the construction of a two level upscale steakhouse with a rooftop bar.