Adaptive reuse is in our blood.

One of Handel Architects' first projects was the adaptive reuse of a four-story office building in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of New York City into a mixed-use residential/hotel tower, now called Grand Millennium. Since then, the firm has become a world leader in this project type.

Our experience includes the conversion of the Filene’s Department Store in Boston into a new office and retail building, as well as converting Pier 57 in New York City into office space for Google. We converted a landmarked incinerator into the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown in Washington, DC, and we transformed a former dental teaching building in San Francisco into The Pacific Residences.

We understand the benefits - and pitfalls - of working with historic infrastructure.

We appreciate the opportunity to solve the complex planning issues involved with restoring historic work, and our team understands how to bring character to spaces through a combining of old and new.

In addition to working with landmarks on the National Register, our work also includes buildings within the texture of historic districts; we gave new life to several 1920’s Felix Candela-designed apartment buildings in New York City's Historic Upper East Side District; in San Francisco, we are currently renovating the historic 1906 Aronson Building on Mission Street.