Retrofit Archive

Once a Hospital, Now a High-end Hotel

Public advocacy for preservation of historical structures has had a checkered history. It worked in New York City when violinist Isaac Stern and Jackie Kennedy led the reversal of a developer’s proposal to tear down Carnegie Hall...

An Elegant Blend of Old and New

The $115 million restoration of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, in Baltimore, Md., painstakingly recreated the stunning interior of the original 1933 building, giving visitors today the same sense of awe and wonder people experienced in that exact space nearly 90 years ago...

Lighting a Masterwork

From its commanding view atop Fairmount on the Schuylkill River, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been a symbol of the city’s cultural status and proud historical heritage since its completion in 1928. Its main physical drawback is that there are no open adjoining surfaces...

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Based in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts is a nationally recognized high school that specializes in arts education. Founded in 1974 by Peggy Cooper Cafritz and Mike Malone, the school occupies a building...