Since the 1980s when many city and town centers experienced a rebirth, Peter de Bretteville, Architect has been actively involved in historic preservation and rehabilitation work. Services provided have included feasibility studies, HABS documentation drawings and full planning and architectural services through construction. Projects have included:
• Office Buildings
• Industrial Buildings
At the base of all great urban place is not only a sense of the future, but most importantly of the past. As new intentions emerge, a dynamic balance must be created between what was previously intended and what must now be accomplished. A profound understanding of what has been is essential to both the preservation of valued work and to the creation of new buildings or the accommodation of new activities. In urban terms there can be no real difference between restoration and new construction.
Since both are based on an understanding of places and buildings in a historical and technical sense, they are absolutely linked. Our work in the area of adaptive reuse is centered on the belief that the rehabilitation and restoration of existing buildings is fundamental to the realization of sustaining of a meaningful city. A city's extraordinary buildings, public halls, chamber, courts and gardens embody a past which can be preserved and respected as they are adapted to meet new demands.
What we explore as we attempt to carry this work forward is our own humanity and history. The continuing renewal of meaningful buildings and places is a responsibility in which we all share.