AIA Utah Firm of the Year

Be the steward
of a historic building's ever-evolving story.

Lloyd Architects is a community-oriented and environmentally responsive design firm that practices quiet architecture–work that seamlessly blends into its surroundings. We value architectural simplicity, social equity, building durability, and resource conservation strategies that result in healthy spaces for those who live, work, and play in the spaces we create. 

Working with historic buildings and understanding the complex regulations that guide their architectural modifications is an integral part of how we live these values. We developed this microsite to guide you through the knowledge and resources to help you get started on your own historically sensitive project, whether it be focused on preservation, adaptive reuse, renovation, or an addition.

Granary Campus Commercial Case Study

In our Granary Campus Salt Lake Case Study, we take you through the process of preserving and adaptively reusing historic structures to create a 100,000+ sf mixed-use facility that now houses evo’s largest outdoor retail store, Salt Lake Bouldering Project, All Together Skatepark, Level 9 Sports, a rooftop bar and an independently branded evo Hotel.

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Historic Preservation and 
Adaptive Reuse

Adaptively reusing existing and often historic buildings into new developments helps bring vitality to our neighborhoods. The buildings possess a richness of history and are often a reflection of socio-cultural life around them. Adaptively reusing them allows them to shift with life around them and become part of the ever-evolving story of place. 

Adaptive reuse projects are also inherently sustainable. By extending the useful life of an existing building, we can reduce the amount of waste, energy, and building materials versus building new. 

Historic tax credits can play an important role in offsetting some of the expenses of these projects, often making the difference between them being viable and not.

Red Butte Residential
Case Study

In our Red Butte Home Case Study, we explain the difference between national and local historic districts and the implications of each, and guide you through the availability of federal and state tax credits to help offset restoration and renovation costs. The study illustrates how Lloyd Architects helped one client navigate the complex regulations in a Salt Lake City Historic Preservation Overlay Zone to design a modern addition to their 1929 Tudor home located in the Yalecrest National Historic District.

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Historically Sensitive Renovations and Additions

Historic homes possess a unique charm that isn't easily replicated in contemporary construction. They bear witness to the past, offering glimpses into their respective eras' architectural trends, craftsmanship, and lifestyles. Renovating these homes is like stepping into the past, where every creaking floorboard and ornate molding tells a story.

Renovating a historic home, however, has its challenges. The path to restoration can be daunting, from navigating building codes and preservation regulations to sourcing period-specific materials and dealing with unexpected structural issues. But the rewards are immeasurable. The result is a unique home that blends the past's beauty with today's modern amenities.

Historic Tax Credits

Historic tax credits often make the difference between preserving a piece of history or tearing it down and starting anew. That’s because historic building renovations often cost more than many new builds and pose additional challenges. However, when restored and adapted to new uses, they provide a richness in building detail that creates an unreplicable space.

As architects, knowing how to obtain historic tax credits plays a pivotal role in preserving and adaptively reusing these neglected buildings. Not only does it help to overcome financial hurdles, but it allows us to breathe new life into these spaces while maintaining their integrity. With the right skills, knowledge, and a shared passion for preservation, we can ensure the longevity of these historical buildings.

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Adaptive Reuse in Salt Lake

Adaptive reuse is the process of transforming existing and often historic buildings into new developments to fit the current needs of the community. It's a combination of appreciating the richness of history and exploring the possibilities of future ingenuity. As longtime residents of Salt Lake City, Lloyd Architects has been a part of several of these transformations.

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Back to School: Preserving from Here

Lloyd Architects helps a local Salt Lake City middle school student with her assignment, putting together a mock proposal to upgrade and preserve the Rescue Mission building in downtown Salt Lake City.

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Adaptive Reuse Projects