The adaptive reuse of historic urban late industrial buildings

Document Type



Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor's Name

Nathaniel Q. Belcher

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

R. Thorn Grafton

Third Advisor's Name

Nicolas Quintana

Date of Defense



It is the intent of this thesis to provide adaptive intervention that respects and preserves the significant features of historic urban late industrial buildings while enhancing their cultural and economic role within the city that developed around them.

The Dinner Key Boat Yard, in Coconut Grove, will be used to demonstrate the conclusions of this study. Research into the practice and philosophies of historic preservation, and the local history; will be used to identify the attributes of historic value in the case site. An analysis of the surrounding area and case studies of parallel precedence will be used to determine a viable reuse program. The synthesis of this information will determine the new intervention.

The resulting programmatic elements selected for the case site, museums, boat yard, restaurant, and pedestrian connector, are formally expressed to reflect the development, evolution, and public benefits of technology in late industrial society.



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