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BY FR A N K G R EE N E, F A IA A N D E N R I Q U E M A C IA , AI A, LE E D AP

Adaptive Reuse of Old Buildings for New Court

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he expectation that courthouses will be iconic structures distinguished by their civic prominence, and with a grandeur befitting their elevated place in the public mind suggests a convergence with adaptive reuse of heritage structures that have outlived their original purpose. This can be true for prestigious National Register landmark structures, for buildings notable for their historic significance more than aesthetic appeal, or even older buildings that are well suited for public convenience including adequate parking. A key imperative of siting a new courthouse is proximity to the existing civic district, for significant advantages for the public, for the

The new home of the Appellate Court for the State of Connecticut occupies a former life insurance company headquarters.

legal community, and for the urban vitality of the civic district. Few undeveloped sites may exist in these districts, however, many of which may contain existing and land-

marked structures. In many cases, the fit between the features of a protected heritage building and the demanding functional program of a courthouse is unable to be bridged,

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