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Cornell Street in Kingston, NY, is the location of two old factories that have been repurposed. The Shirt Factory, 107 Cornell Street, is now artists’s lofts and studios, some functioning as primary residences, including a number of teaching studios - pottery, jewelry, etc. - and a yoga studio. The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell Street, is affordable housing plus an art gallery and performance space. I know repurposed factories aren’t new news, but both are worth a visit. Performances at the Lace Mill and open studio events at the Shirt Factory are listed online and in the local newspapers, especially the various weekly Ulster Publishing newspapers and the Almanac.
City Museum in St. Louis is a wonderful repurpose of a building! An amazing playground for children AND adults!
David D’Angers Gallery, built in a restored 13th century church.
The Bethlehem Steel property in Southside Bethlehem, PA! The cleaned up steel stacks are a backdrop to the main stage during Musikfest, the Hoover-Mason Trestle (similar to the highline) a mini-museum and the Levitt Pavillion where they have free shows, events and movies. On the other end of the property, the industrial buildings have been converted and expanded upon to include Wind Creek Casino, an event center, outlets and a hotel!
The Cleveland Aquarium, housed in the old power station. Includes a jellyfish exhibit in one of the old smokestacks History of the Powerhouse - Greater Cleveland Aquarium
The Boston Children’s Museum moved to an old warehouse, right on the harbor. It’s beautiful! And the building includes an Automobile Museum, complete with an elevator that can move autos.
What about the 606 trail in Chicago? Or, what about the church that became ALOFT Circus Arts (flying acrobatics center) or the old lamp factory that was turned into the Green Exchange?
Ponce City Market in Atlanta, GA – built by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 1926, used as a warehouse and retail store, is the largest brick building in the southeast, and was even used for awhile as the home of City Hall East. After being abandoned, it has since been transformed beautifully into a mixed use facility with retail, a food hall, office space, and apartments. The renovation respected the historic structure and allows you to still enjoy the old freight elevator up to the rooftop where a bar, restaurant and circus midway greet the lucky visitor.
“The Church” in Dublin, Ireland, is a magnificent Church-turned-pub.
It even includes the gutted shell of a pipe organ once played by Handel.
\the breathtaking Les Baux de Provence area, the Carrières de Lumières is an art show set to music and projected on the tall limestone walls of a former quarry , hence the reason it’s also known as the Quarries of Light
Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, a complex of former coal and steel production plants turned into a public park in Duisburg, Germany. It’s one of the most important places to visit if one wants to understand the industrial past of the Ruhr region (Ruhrgebiet, colloquially Ruhrpott). The most impressive structure in the park is a former blast furnace tower called Hochofen 5, which visitors can climb and take in a panoramic view of the park and the city.
It’s been featured on Atlas Obscura before: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/landschaftspark-duisburg-nord
This is an essential entry that can’t be missed from this list, in my opinion.
Check out Akron, Ohio’s old Quaker Oats mills. They were once converted to hotel rooms and a unique shopping area with a train on it’s tracks for a restaurant. It has since been taken over by the University and is now used as their dorm rooms and the restaurant is now part of their cooking school
You forgot Rainier Brewery in Seattle Washington
Cape Town’s Zeith Museum of Contemporary Art Africa was built from an old grain silo complex.
Some great Art Deco power plants have seen new life. Incredible railroad viaducts from the past have been re-born as walking trails, AND don’t forget all of the World’s Fair sites with lots of buildings left. San Antonio’s Hemisfair (sp?)site is wonderful.
One of my favorite places in the world.
The Hotel Henry https://www.hotelhenry.com/ is a def winner in this category. Abandoned for decades, the hotel exists in the former New York State Psychiatric Hospital/ Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, designed by HH Richardson and built in 1870, closed a century later. It recently reopened after a $100 million renovation. The Hotel is accompanied by a restaurant, bar, and coffee house. The grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted have been restored and the new reclaimed space delights visitors. I have lived, and worked nearby these imposing towers and shadows and am truly amazed by its transformation.
Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World Aquarium in Auckland New Zealand used to be disused sewerage tanks. In 1985 Kelly Tarlton repurposed these disused tanks on the Auckland harbour and was the first to innovate curved Perspex tunnels to view the marine life from underneath. The aquarium still operates today.