In Los Angeles's Chinatown, this 4,000-square-foot loft apartment had myriad past lives dating back to 1939, including stints as a restaurant, punk rock nightclub, and furniture warehouse.
In Alabama, a commercial building with a multifarious past begins a fresh chapter for a young family after a modern renovation. Built in 1920, the industrial brick building has had previous incarnations as a church, a recycling center, and a pool hall, among others.
Near Bath, England, architect Piers Taylor's renovation of an old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization, one that takes advantage of everything its storybook setting has to offer.
It's hard to believe this modern Toronto home was once a flower-bulb factory.
This refined Italian loft designed by Paola Navone has a history that dates back two centuries to when it was a tabocco factory. “I tell everyone that I’m not organized to do private projects,” says the Milan-based Navone, “unless it’s something special.” After a call explaining the home’s unique past, she visited the space and immediately signed on.