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This interesting project took a former tobacco warehouse that had been converted into a set of offices (in what was likely Lancaster, PA’s first ever adaptive reuse project) and adapted it once again – this time into a private residence.  The project was so successful it won the  C. Emlen Urban Award for Preservation from the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.


The project was featured in an article in the April 1999 edition of Lancaster magazine, where Chuck was able to talk about his passion for the restoration and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as his inspiration for fine millwork.

The article also features the homeowner and her journey to the adaptive reuse project, as well as information about the remodeling market in general.  Keep in mind, this was a market that was largely ignored during the late 90’s when this project was done and the article written.  Reading it today is an interesting study in the evolution of construction markets.


To read the article and see pictures of the project, click on the thumbnail at the left.


The project was also featured on the Lynette Jennings show on Discovery Channel.  You can watch here for a detailed tour of the project and a nice “up close and personal” look at Historic Restorations’ work on the project.


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About Danielle Keperling

Danielle Groshong-Keperling has worked full-time in the restoration industry since 2001, but her education in the traditional trades, construction industry, and historical preservation was built from an early age through her Father's work in the traditional trades and her Mother's love of historic architecture. Now, with Jonathan (an artisan craftsman in his own right), her partner in business and life, they work together to help historic building owners restore and preserve their piece of our built history.