John Chesson has graciously offered to share his story and images of his ongoing adaptive reuse project at the Samuel Noakes house, 101 West Cork Street/201 South Braddock Street with PHW. We will be releasing these stories through the PHW blog in the coming weeks, following the progress with virtual hardhat tours.
Most historic preservation projects that receive media attention are built on the concept of rehabilitation or adaptive reuse, in which the character of the building is retained while adapting it to modern conveniences. This is most often the approach used in a historic building that needs extensive repairs to make it functional and useful once more. (Other recognized forms of historic preservation are preservation, restoration, and reconstruction, which refer to ongoing maintenance and retention, preserving a set time period in the building’s history, and rebuilding a structure, respectively). The Samuel Noakes house is no exception. This brick and stone house, built in the early 1800s, had been patched and updated piecemeal over the years and was in dire need of attention. The following images will set the stage for the existing state of the building.
Stay tuned for the next installment on Friday, when the interior demolition begins!