Tag Archives: Adaptive Reuse

“the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than that for which it was built or designed”

Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse Museum

The Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse that stands today was built in 1880 and served the community as a school from 1880 to 1958. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was determined to be a significant historic property because it possesses authentic characteristics of a 19th century one-room schoolhouse. The fine artisanship of the building, most clearly demonstrated in the pattern of the stone work, was exceptional for its time.

An anonymous donor funded the restoration of the schoolhouse and its conversion into the Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse Museum.  Artefact created the restoration plans and coordinated the work. Today the schoolhouse is owned and maintained through a partnership between Lower Saucon Township and the Lower Saucon Historical Society.  Students visit the museum to learn about local history.  Many community events, such as History Day, Harvest Festival, picnics and community meetings, are held at the schoolhouse.

Single Sisters’ House Museum

Artefact is currently designing a museum that will illustrate the life of women from the Lehigh Valley. This museum will be housed in the Single Sisters’ House in historic downtown Bethlehem.

The project follows the guidelines of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards. The preservation design also follows guidelines for greening historic structures.

The program includes exhibition spaces, assembly space (the Saal) and an information kiosk. The major alterations to be performed in the building are the installation of an elevator and ADA restrooms.