Transformation of industrial areas to arts districts
Parish, Mary Fenwick
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This thesis examines how historic industrial districts in urban areas within the Southeastern United States may be transformed into contemporary arts districts without compromising their historic character and integrity. Although revitalization of historic industrial areas through the arts is increasingly common in cities throughout the United States, few researchers have explored the relationship between historic preservation and arts district development. To address this gap, this thesis offers a case study of Castleberry Hill Historic District in Atlanta, Georgia, which is a locally-designated landmark district that is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and a recently-transformed informal arts district. The case study identifies key architectural and landscape characteristics of the district, and evaluates how arts-related rehabilitation has altered the district’s character. The thesis concludes with recommendations for preserving the district’s physical and intangible heritage while accommodating its transformation into an arts district.