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"Rehabilitation" as defined by The Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as "the process of returning a property to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the property which are significant to its historic, architectural, and cultural values."  ERN Architects develops concepts and designs for numerous building types including market rate and affordable tax credit housing, hospitality, retail and office uses in new or remodeled, modern facilities. This experience serves as a reservoir of potential ideas for the creative use of a historic structure.

Harve D. Withers Building, 1928. The Vandergriff Building, Arlington,Texas

The Vandergriff  Building, Arlington,Texas. Harve D. Withers, 1928.

Adaptive Re-Use of 2 story, Beaux- Arts styled commercial building as offices. ERN Architects prepared applications for Federal, Historic Tax Credits and obtained listing on the National Register. 16,300 square feet. SCM Real Estate Services, Arlington, Texas. Opened in 2007.


The Icke Building, 1880. St. Paul Square, St. Paul Square Historic District San Antonio, Texas The Icke Building, 1880. St. Paul Square Historic District, San Antonio, Texas.

The adaptive re-use of an historic, 13,000 square foot commercial building with 4 story, 35,000 square foot addition for use as a hotel in the St. Paul Square Historic District of San Antonio, Texas. The facility opened in 2001. Developer; H.I.G. Hotels, Reno, Nevada.

Adaptive ReuseThe Gibbs Building, San Antonio, Texas. Sanquinet & Staats, 1909.

The Alamo Square Historic District, San Antonio, Texas. The adaptive re-use of historic, 8 story office building as full service hotel. The project opened and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. Developer: 1909 Limited, San Antonio, Texas.

Adaptive ReuseU.S. Post Office & Courthouse, Dallas, Texas. James Whitmore , 1928.

Design of the adaptive re-use, into affordable and market rate apartments including the preservation of two historic Federal Courtrooms. ERN architects also prepared as-built drawings, application for Federal, Historic Tax Credits. Developer; Intradel Corporation, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Adaptive Reuse

The Monroe Building, 505 Ervay Dallas, Texas. J.N. McCammon & Walter Ahlschlager, 1949.
The Adaptive Re-Use of a 1940 era, downtown office building. The 12 story, 106,000 square foot facility was adapted to accommodate 88 new affordable and market rate residential units with retail and restaurant spaces at level one. ERN Architects prepared and the application for Federal Historic Tax Credits.

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