Artspace Hamilton LOFTS
All Entries > AIA Built Work
Artspace Hamilton LOFTS is an urban historic preservation project that faithfully restored (and internally connected) two abandoned and significantly deteriorated and dilapidated buildings from the early 1900s. The adaptive reuse project created (42) low-income subsidized live/work artist apartments, two commercial storefront spaces and a community art gallery. Considerable technical attention was paid to the restoration of the exterior elevations, which had been concealed in the 1960s with an aluminum louvered screen wall: custom windows & trim, wrought iron detailing and storefront columns, stone restoration (each piece was removed, cleaned, & repaired), new slate roof, new cornices, and the like. The interior restoration focused on hazardous material abatement, restoring the tin ceiling, soffits & trim, opening up abandoned skylights, refinishing original wood floors, significant structural upgrades and reconstructing the slate stairs and ornamental iron and wood railings. The interiors are intentionally modest, though they include all the modern amenities one expects. The project is pursuing Green Communities certification and it received a significant Preservation Tax Credit allocation. With surgeon-like technical focus and an eye for resolving every original detail, our team successfully breathed new life into these once-proud buildings, adding another vibrant component to the ongoing urban revitalization in the heart of this former factory town.