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Adaptive Reuse Projects

“Adaptive reuse” is the act of redeveloping or adapting old structures for new functions or purposes. This recycling of structurally sound old buildings has long been an effective historic preservation tool, sparing historically significant structures from demolition while helping to revitalize neighborhoods and contributing to the economic growth of older cities. 

The City of Lancaster has a long tradition of adaptive reuse of historic buildings. In 1931, City Hall relocated to its current location at 120 North Duke Street to occupy a renovated structure built in 1891 as a post office. 

Read about four more recent examples in an 18-page document, “Adaptive Reuse Projects in the City of Lancaster: Preserving Old Places, Creating New Spaces” (PDF document).  These projects involve buildings from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, located within different neighborhood contexts, but which symbolize Lancaster’s twenty-first-century revitalization.


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