Queen Anne Carriage House Conversion in Portland, Maine. The hay loft doors over the carriage door were replaced with a pair of casement windows and a new entry door with sidelight panels was created to resemble the original carriage house door below. The carriage ramp to the door was replaced with granite steps. Otherwise, no exterior changes were made to the building. It is an excellent example of the adaptive reuse of a building whose original purpose is no longer needed.
The adaptive reuse of buildings is integral to preserving our built heritage. When the original use of a building is no longer needed, a new use allows the building to live on. The conversion of stables and carriage houses to residential use has been happening since automobiles replaced horses. This is a great example.
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