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2016 New Haven Preservation Trust Awards

Adapt or Die
Saving Buildings by Updating Them: Changing Use and Applying Technology to Preserve New Haven’s Architectural Legacy

Darwin had it right: without adaptation living things do not survive. To keep New Haven’s architectural legacies alive and to contribute to the city’s cultural environment, buildings need to accept adaptation. They can become museums to the past, change to be useful in the present, or they can be gone forever.

These awards celebrate the middle ground of adaptation, enabling them to live on in our midst.

Irrelevancy threatened three iconic structures in New Haven. Unless these significant pieces of architecture were thoughtfully adapted, their viability and value would be compromised. When a building loses value, it often becomes a liability: and liabilities are often... more →