JPA protects historic properties by honoring the past while designing for the future. Adapting historic structures for modern needs is a skill JPA has honed through its Adaptive Re-use Studio. Here, designers take aging properties and transform them into valuable community assets while protecting their historical charm and character. Architectural design is continuously evolving, and JPA is at the forefront in boldly blending the past and the present, transforming historic structures in new and inventive ways.
Historic Loray Mill Phase 2
Gastonia, North Carolina
As the designer responsible for the delivery of the first phase of the Loray Mill renovation, Studio Director Jason Moss brought project continuity to JPA’s execution of phase two.
Built in 1902 as a textile mill, Loray Mill was adapted as a mixed-use development with 192 apartments, 80,000-square-feet of commercial and restaurant space, a conference center, a police precinct and resident amenities in the form of a pool, pool house and outdoor kitchen. For phase two, Jason’s expertise in historic preservation design enabled JPA to add 103 units that are representative of the strength and character of the old mill.
JPA’s design team worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Office, the National Park Service and the City of Gastonia to renovate the Loray Mill into dynamic and valuable space for the client. An expert in the Historic Tax Credit Program, Jason ensured that JPA met the stringent design criteria required to attain the matching tax credits offered by the State of North Carolina through the special “Mill Bill.”
Years of vacancy had compromised the integrity of the structure. JPA worked with specialists to correct the issues with tie-in brackets and old-growth timber replacements. By salvaging materials from other parts of the mill, JPA was able to repair the damage in a historically-sensitive way, while creating light shafts throughout. Through this exploration of design alternatives, JPA was able to deliver the additional 103 units to the Loray Mill Apartments in a way that respects the original structure but is useful to the residents and profitable for the client.
JPA enjoys delivering these types of challenging historic projects for clients across the country. Projects like Loray Mill enable designers to honor the past while blending design components from the present to revitalize communities and aid in economic growth. Through its work at Loray Mill, JPA helped to ensure the longevity of the historic structure by modernizing it in a usable format for future generations. Phase one of the development is nearly leased to capacity, and at the grand opening, the Governor spoke of the importance of renewing the historic tax credit legislation that enabled the project’s financing