Adaptive Reuse of Our Alley Buildings – Preservation Cafe

Posted on May 13th, 2021 by Elizabeth Nelson

Justine Bello, Architectural Conservator, will present “Adaptive Reuse of Our Alley Buildings” Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 6:30 pm.

Since the 19th century, alley buildings have contributed to the footprint and function of Capitol Hill. Although they are not visible from the street, these structures have served varied and important roles in neighborhood life. The last several decades have, however, witnessed rapid and substantial reimagining of these buildings. Changes in the real estate market, public perception, and zoning have collided to create new spaces within old buildings.

This CHRS Preservation Café will explore this boom: the adaptive reuse of alley buildings to meet contemporary needs. Justine Bello will examine alley building typologies, and how the maxim “form follows function” holds true in these vernacular buildings. She will also discuss the confluence of conditions that led to their inception and propagation throughout the city. As the original needs for and uses of alley buildings evolve or disappear entirely, Bello will explore how these buildings are being adapted today, along with some observations on trends toward the future.

Justine Bello has worked as a conservator in both the private and public sectors since 2007.  She is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation and lives in Kingman Park.

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Meeting number (access code): 182 132 0991
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