Historic Preservation and Reuse

Since 1967, we have developed and strengthened an expertise in historic preservation, reuse, renovations, sensitive additions, as well as new site and building design throughout multiple market segments. The preservation of a historic building demands a high level of sensitivity to the client’s particular expectations and the careful inclusion of site and building features that will make the design practical and desirable for owners and/or potential tenants.

Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf has a strong commitment to client service, design excellence and quality documents and specifications for construction. We believe effective design must reflect something true about our clients and the individual users. Our design is directed toward our client’s individual needs, not those of a mass audience, which is apparent in the diverse appearance of our projects. In the 46 years of our firm’s existence, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects has been recognized and honored with more than 150 design awards.

Historic preservation and adaptive reuse have been an area of specialization for Browning Day for several decades. With the vast array of types, styles, sizes and age, historic buildings give texture and variety to the built environment. We recognize the value of retaining these resources, and we strives to help clients realize their vision for restoring these cultural and historical icons. Design solutions include the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of these significant historic structures, as well as the renovation and imaginative re-purposing of non-historic buildings.

Browning Day begins every preservation project by identifying the character-defining features of the building. Then a design is developed that respects these features while integrating new programmatic and system requirements.

Our significant body of work spans more than 30 years and encompasses ground-breaking and award-winning projects throughout the Midwest, including the Hilbert Circle Theatre and the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Browning Day is a proud member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Indiana Landmarks, and the Association for Preservation Technology.