Building Preservation Is Greenest!

January 31, 2012 by: Ben Heimsath

Which building is the greenest?  How about the one you already own? The results of a ground-breaking study were released last week by The National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The data shows for the first time how an old building stacks up against a potential replacement building.  Even a highly efficient new green building doesn't pay off compared to a renovated or upgraded existing ... Read More

Worship Space / Adaptive Re-use / Architects and Construction / Historic Preservation / Sustainable Design

Historic Inn Preservation - 15 Tips, Part Four

December 26, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

This is the fourth and final post in a series about historic inn preservation.  Clovis Heimsath offers his tips based on the project to preserve the Country Place Hotel in Fayetteville, Texas.  Maryann and Clovis Heimsath are both the hotel owners, and are associated with Heimsath Architects.  The building was completely renovated and restored in 2003. Tip #10:   Zone the building for heating and ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation

Preserving A Country Inn - 15 Tips, Part Three

December 24, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

This is the third post in a series by Clovis Heimsath who offers his tips for preserving a historic inn.  The Country Place Hotel in Fayetteville, Texas is owned by Maryann and Clovis Heimsath.  The building was completely renovated and restored in 2003 and now, with many years of success, the hotel is an established institution. Tip #7:  Bring the general contractor into the process early. The ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation

Historic Inn Renovation - 15 Tips, Part Two

December 6, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

Here is the next installement of Clovis Heimsath's advice derived from a premier historic inn renovation program.  He and Maryann Heimsath are inn keepers of the Country Place Hotel in Fayetteville, Texas. Tip #4:  Have a professional conditions assessment.  An expert can objectively evaluate everything from architectural merit to structural integrity. As an architect, I could immediately affirm ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Design Process / Historic Preservation

Historic Renovation of a Country Inn: 15 Tips - Part One

November 29, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

The Zapp Building in this historic photo was already a landmark. In 2003, Maryann and Clovis Heimsath transformed the historic Zapp Building on the square in Fayetteville Texas.  The 100 year-old structure was given a complete historic renovation to better accommodate the Country Place Hotel.  Clovis and Maryann recently reflected on their accomplishments and came up with some of the biggest ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation

Building Preservation Myths - Part Four

November 27, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

This is the fourth and final installment of the series. Myth No. 9:  “A historic building doesn’t need to be accessible.”   If it is a public building then it does have to meet the intent of the accessibility code. The code does allow some leeway for historic structures, but at least one accessible entrance is required and at least one accessible restroom. Be sure to be sensitive to the historic ... Read More

Church Design & Construction / Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Myths - Part Three

November 16, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

Historic preservation myths can be harmful!  Too many old buildings get neglected, ignored or demolished simply because people don't have the facts about preservation.  This is the third in a four-part series we've created to counter a significant bias against older buildings. Can't wait?  If you would like to see the entire series: Download  "Historic Buildings - Eleven Myths Dispelled" now.   ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Building Permits / Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Myths - Part Two

November 11, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

Historic preservation myths are repeated so often, the only way to counter them is with facts and accurate information.  This is the second in a four-part series we've created to counter a significant bias against older buildings. Can't wait?  If you would like to see the entire series, download  "Historic Buildings - Eleven Myths Dispelled" now. Part Two: Historic Preservation Myths This ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Myths - Part One

November 6, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

Historic preservation myths are repeated so often, the only way to counter them is with facts and accurate information.  This is the first in a three-part series in order to counter a significant bias against older buildings. In the course of working with historic structures over many years, it has become apparent to all of us at Heimsath Architects that there is a lot of misleading or outright ... Read More

Adaptive Re-use / Historic Preservation

Austin Churches - Hidden All-Faith Jewels

October 27, 2011 by: Ben Heimsath

You may think you know Austin Churches, but here are three wonderful worship spaces few people know exist.  Built as all-faith spaces, these were planned for prayer and worship regardless of denomination or affiliation.  They represent three generations of Austin religious leadership and three generations of spiritual and church architecture.  All of them are reasonably accessible - you may pass ... Read More

Worship Space / Sacred Architecture / Church Design & Construction / Austin / Historic Preservation