PRESERVATION CASE STUDIES
TAX CREDIT SUCCESS STORY: MAYDESTONE APARTMENTS, SACRAMENTO
The Maydestone is a historic building in downtown Sacramento, originally built in 1912 in the Mission Revival style, that has been redeveloped into affordable apartments using the affordable housing and historic preservation tax credits. It featured studio and one bedroom apartments in the heart of downtown Sacramento. A fire in 2003 left it derelict for seven years, until a development firm proposed its renovation. On Septermber 25,2012, The Maydestone received National Register status.
Most of the character-defining features of the building were completely intact, including original bathroom and kitchen fixtures. Pull-out beds were tucked beneath raised bathroom floors or kitchen counters and concealed behind built-in breakfront cabinets or desks. All the windows are original.
The rehabilitation changed very little of the original floor plan, preserving the small studio units and the original breakfront cabinets, with the pull-out beds. Modern bathrooms and kitchens were installed. Original windows were retained, repaired and weatherstripped. The wood floors were refinished. The original cage elevator was repaired and reused.
It is also an excellent example of how a historic rehabilitation can be an energy efficient project, expected to receive its LEED Silver certification soon. Sustainable elements such as solar thermal and photoelectric panels, a rain harvesting and irrigation system for existing window boxes, and clear solar film on original window glass, are integrated into the historic rehab. The original cage elevator recovers electricity while it brakes for floors, the same way a Toyota Prius recovers its energy, making the restored elevator both historic and 98% efficient.
The reuse of the building itself ensures the continued use of all the original material of the building, representing old growth timber and minerals mined, processed and transported over 100 years ago. It makes good use of its existing urban site, situated close to amenities and near light rail and public transit.
The Maydestone is an elegant example of tax credit rehabilitation success.
TAX CREDIT SUCCESS STORY: PRESIDIO PUBLIC HOSPITAL, SAN FRANCISCO
The adaptive reuse of the hospital proposed 154 luxury apartments with parking. The 50’s era modern wings were removed to restore the original appearance of the hospital.
Sustainability features were integrated into the design to qualify for LEED Gold certification. Features included proximity to services, walkability, low-maintenance landscaping, energy efficiency through envelope insulation, and efficient mechanical, lighting fixture and appliance equipment. These same features contributed to a LEED ND (neighborhood development) certification for the district.
The Public Health Service Hospital is an excellent example of a sustainable historic preservation tax credit project.
PRESERVATION CASE STUDIES
The following are examples of projects in California and elsewhere which have incorporated green principles into renovating and adaptively reusing historic buildings. This is only a sampling and is not an exhaustive list:
MT. SHASTA: Green Buildings on Brown Fields Pilot Project
SAN DIEGO: Ridgehaven "Green Building" Demonstration Project
SAN FRANCISCO: British Motor Car Distributors
1998 Green Building Challenge - Thoreau Center at Presidio National Park
Presidio Building 901 Deconstruction
The Mint Project
CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS: "Deep Energy Retrofit of a Sears Roebuck House: A Home for the Next 100 Years"
U.S. Department of Energy, "Case Study: Concord Foursquare Retrofit"
ANN ARBOR, MI: The Greening of Dana
BALTIMORE, MD: Montgomery Park Business Center (Brownfields remediation)
Montgomery Park: Adaptive Reuse
BILLINGS, MT: Acme Building Renovation for low cost housing
BOSTON, MA: John W. McCormack Federal Building
FLORIDA: Bellview Biltmore Green Lodging Renovation Project
CANADA: Green Floors Initiative for multi-storey office buildings
CHICAGO, IL: Center for Neighborhood Technology - Conversion of historic textile factory
LAWRENCE, MA: Senator William X. Wall Experiment Station Green Upgrade
MADISON, WI: Arbor House Environmental Inn
MONROE, MI: Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse
PHILADELPHIA, PA: Philadelphia Forensic Science Center
PORTLAND, OR: Natural Capital Center Restoration Balfour-Guthrie Building Renovation
SANTA FE, NM: Ironstone Gardens Development
SEATTLE, WA: Vance and Sterling Buildings Upgrade