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.


4. Intuition Ale Works 929 East Bay Street, Jacksonville, FL

In 2015, Iconic Real Estate Investments LLC acquired the former Noland warehouse building. Iconic then converted structure into a craft brewery and taproom with a second floor bier garden and higher ceiling heights for beer production for Intuition Ale Works.

5. 178 Townsend Street 178 Townsend Street, San Francisco

178 Townsend - Before

Completed in 2012, this adaptive re-use of a historic landmark building preserved the original exterior masonry walls and heavy timber trusses while adding 78 loft-type residences into and above the historic shell.

178 Townsend - After

6. Hibernian Pub 311 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC

After being destroyed by fire in December 2012, Raleigh’s popular Hibernian Irish Pub was reconstructed as a larger two-story restaurant and pub in 2014.


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