Title page for ETD etd-07132011-145117


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Farley, Jennifer Lyne
Author's Email Address jlfarley@vt.edu
URN etd-07132011-145117
Title Re-Use as a Means of Preservation
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rott, Hans Christian Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Gartner, Howard Scott Committee Member
Keywords
  • petersburg
  • foundry
  • adaptive re-use
Date of Defense 2011-05-30
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Abstract
People are often attracted to an image painted for them by history, fiction, and romantic novels. Artists have tried to construct these images for centuries, often exaggerating the past in order to make a more attractive narrative. I propose an architecture that works in the same way. The architect controls the narrative through the preservation and curation of tectonic details. She can create, destroy, or restore an existing building, and by altering the brick pattern, window style or ornament, can create his own version of history. This thesis addresses the image of a post-Civil War industrial site, the Appomattox Iron Works & Supply Co., building, in Petersburg Virginia. By taking advantage of one existing structure, the architect can reinvent the city as a modern destination. By juxtaposing the old, with a new set of residential apartments, the area becomes attractive to those young professionals who want to submerge themselves in the locale of an artistic urban community.
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