As we look back over the past decade, we have learned many lessons, although several come up with enough regularity that they seem worth sharing. ER
The beauty of historic buildings is that each is unique – its history, its context, its integrity, its current circumstances. While rehabilitation operates under a set of guiding standards, very little about the process is cookie-cutter consistent. The approach that works for Building A may or may not work for Building B. A successful rehab demands out-of-the-box thinking. Build a knowledgeable team, let them collaborate, and hurdles will be crossed with creativity and insight.
Nothing about the Cosby Hotel rehabilitation was formulaic. It took thoughtful owners, an experienced team, and a lot of creative thinking to save this building from the wrecking ball.