HISTORIC MEDICAL ARTS BUILDING - REHABILITATION AND REUSE
Galveston, Texas, 2010 - Current
Located within Downtown Galveston's nationally registered historic district, the building is a landmark to the area's architectural history. It was completed in 1929 and is composed of a 11 story high rise section and an attached 6 story low rise section, comprising about 80,000 sq. ft. in total. Its style is now categorized as Art Deco and was built during a nation wide surge in skyscraper building types.
The building is a reinforced concrete skeleton infilled with structural terra cotta blocks and faced with dimensional brick. Enduring and well crafted methods and materials were employed such as terrazzo, stone and ceramic tile finishes, wooden sash windows, and decorative stucco.
This architect contracted at the initial stage of the project with the mid sized firm tasked with documenting its existing conditions and guiding the design of the rehabilitation to a new reuse. This documentation was undertaken in the field and translated into construction drawings. Several program variations of reuse, usually involving a mix of retail and habitations, produced detailed documents, of which this architect was also employed.
As of this date, the project remains in a design development and construction document phase.
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