Project name: Door County Granary
Project overview: Recognizing the value of its robust wood construction and voluminous interior, the community has reclaimed this abandoned granary structure for civic use, leveraging historic preservation for a broader, projective transformation. Re-inhabitation creates a dynamic experience, introducing a new promenade and converting a head house into a glowing aerie.
Project location: Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Firm name: LA DALLMAN
Associated firm or architect: City of Sturgeon Bay
Project type: Community space
Project information: Adaptive reuse
Jury comments: The design artfully reclaims an American agrarian and cultural artifact of romantic nostalgia and transforms its structural beauty into new functionality and civic life. This is a smart reinterpretation that transforms the granary into an intimate sequence of spaces, offering a playful sense of discovery. It’s a wonderful example of an adaptive reuse project with a minimal touch for maximum impact.
BSA Impact: Environment | Advancing Architecture
Client: Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation
Consultants: Beane Engineering; Chris Rute, CR Design; DeVooght House & Building Movers; GEI; Greenfire Management Services, LLC; LFG Engineers; Silman Associates; SMET Construction Services; Wheeler Van Sickle & Anderson, SC