VIRGINIA — “Adaptive reuse” is an architectural and design term that generally refers to the process of updating an obsolete structure and adapting it to a new use or purpose.

Often, adaptive reuse and historic preservation are two sides of the same coin. Original building components that speak to its former use are retained. In other adaptive reuse projects, the buildings are stripped of vestiges of their past, allowing them to be used in entirely different ways.

This week in How Much House, we look at a former church in Pittsburgh and a former warehouse in Minnesota, both of which have been transformed into luxury condominiums. In Virginia, a pair of National Register of Historic Places-listed schools and a third building that served as a rural doctor’s office hold endless possibilities.

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Virginia | $399,999

40 Cherry Grove Road, Middlebrook
Listed by:
Mike Gutzler | Jacobs & Co. Real Estate
Acreage: 2.72 acres
Buildings: 3
Year built: 1916, 1923

A historic two-story, eight-room Colonial Revival Middlebrook Schools building is the centerpiece of this three-building parcel offered for sale after 50 years of private ownership. Four interior chimneys rise from the hipped roof of the original school, built in 1916. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the main building housed grade and high school students until the older children moved into a new building in 1923. The building closed in 1967.

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The original hardwood floors in the main, 7,200-square-foot building are in excellent condition. The well-lit building has almost all original windows and glass. The original blackboard, porch and huge center hallway are intact.

The second building, also listed on the Nation Register, is the 10,800-square-foot high school finished in 1923. Features include spaces formerly used by administrators, the original library and shelves, and a gymnasium with a stage spanning the entire top floor. The basketball hoops are included.

A third, 1,500-square-foot building was added at a later time and was used as a rural doctor’s office. It houses three examination rooms, a reception area and has approximately 20 exterior parking spaces.

The properties are a blank slate, ready for its next visionary owner. It’s eligible for both state and federal tax credits. Peek inside for more photos.

Pennsylvania | $475,000

1 Pius St., South Side, Pittsburgh
Listed by:
Karen Itteilag | Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services
Square feet: unavailable
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3 (2 full)
Year built: 1861

Original, architecturally unique arches and other elements of the former Saint Michael the Archangel Church define Suite 3A, one of the most historic and architecturally unique condos in the city in what is now the Angel’s Arms Condominium building.

Built in 1861 on the slopes above Pittsburgh’s vibrant South Side neighborhood, the suite offers some of the most commanding views of the city in a peaceful neighborhood setting.

The two bedrooms are off the main foyer and offer striking city views from private balconies. The primary suite features tinted glass sinks, floating contemporary cabinets, a generous neutral tiled shower and two walk-in closets with custom built-ins. A second stylish full bath off the entry features access to the dedicated laundry and utility room.

The 33-foot-by-33 foot main living area on the second floor features hardwood flooring, soaring dome ceilings, a sweeping arch, city views from north facing oval-topped windows and southern light via stained-glass shutters.

The chef’s kitchen has custom cabinets with pull-outs, under-cabinet lighting and top-of-the-line appliances. The unit comes with access to a common courtyard. Peek inside for more photos.

Minnesota | $449,700

250 Park Ave., Minneapolis
Listed by:
Scott K Belcher | RE/MAX Results
Square feet: 1,522
Acreage: 0.62 acre
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2 (1 full)
Year built: 1900

For most of its life, this condominium was a space in a warehouse in Minneapolis’ historic flour mill district, which is re-emerging as a historic and cultural epicenter of the city.

The character and charm of this American Trio Loft are highlighted by 19-foot ceilings accented with decorative tin panels and rich hardwood floors throughout.

The large kitchen has been updated with maple cabinetry and granite. The well-designed open floor plan with a nicely sized bedroom and bath on each level. In-unit laundry facilities are located on the main floor.

The ultimate bonus of this condo is a rooftop deck with a panoramic view of downtown Minneapolis and ample space for entertaining.

Homeowner association dues include cable and internet service and 24-hour valet parking. Peek inside for more photos.

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