Design for Innovation


When faced with the challenge to adapt an abandoned girls’ school rooming house in Olde Towne East into a 12 unit apartment building, WSA Studio was able to coordinate players, prioritize community-based goals, and preserve this beautiful, iconic structure that enriches Bryden Road and the overall Olde Towne East community.

After built structures become abandoned, adaptive reuse breathes new life into an old building; it is a solution to some of the modern problems of the built environment. The key to success at 738 Bryden Road was a creative approach indulging the bones of the original structure. Much of what is seen from the outside is a physical replica of the building’s history.

We learn from these examples, and when they are combined, we have a city, a campus, a neighborhood, a district, or even a state. Buildings like 738 Bryden Road, and their inherent historical richness, contribute to society and establish our understanding of place. This is why respecting the heritage of buildings and anticipating their future demands enriches the fabric that is.