A former historic elementary school in the heart of Oskaloosa reopened its doors to be gently adapted into a senior living community. With its beautiful, historic trees and grand front lawn, the building has always been an icon within the community. Central to the project is its intent to preserve with creative solutions.
The project was largely about considering new elements as being framed by the old and never about a replacement. This is evident in the use nearly all of the existing plaster walls and the strict in-place preservation of all hallway doors . It is also evident in the preservation of the gymnasium volume with clerestories and the inclusion of the existing performance stage in the units. This project’s use was successfully repurposed with negligible changes to the character and integrity of this historic structure.
Location: Oskaloosa, IA
Program: Senior Living
Area: 20,200 SF Repurposing
Client: Community Housing Initiatives
Photo Credits: ASK Studio