Thesis Statement: Designers have an inherent responsibility to preserve the cultural value of every community. By utilizing and highlighting the architectural potential of a historic structure, I seek to create a space that maintains its authentic identity while facilitating a modern function.
My senior thesis was a year-long exploration of adaptive reuse projects, and how I could best use the research I had found to make a difference in my community from a design standpoint. I selected a gorgeous, abandoned bank that I walked by daily as my site, and transformed it into a new/used bookstore called Second Story. The space includes a large stadium staircase, where community gatherings are held- such as book clubs, meetings, poetry readings, etc. An entry cafe space allows for social meetings, and the balcony is a quaint, quiet space for studying and reading. The main floor houses the books, and the area that once acted as the bank's vault has transformed into the music room where CD, vinyl, cassette, and instrumental merchandise is displayed. Pieces from local artists are displayed throughout the space, mostly in the entry gallery. Second Story is intended to be a cross between a public library and bookstore, encouraging guests of all ages, social status, and walks of life to come together and interact with each other in a meaningful way.