From monastery to conference center, from railroad station to mall, from marketplace to theater--throughout Europe and the United States historic buildings are being transformed through a creative fusion of old and new. Thanks to new ideas about the social environment and new opportunities with materials and technology, structures both distinguished and mundane are being rebuilt, reclaimed, and reused. Demolition of the old was once the norm, but fortunately attention has shifted to imaginative conversion of industrial and commercial structures. Thus a railway station in Saint Louis becomes a hotel, a dairy depot in London is made into a design studio, or an asphalt plant in New York is transformed into a sports arena. Using full-color illustrations, a multitude of plans, and an extensive bibliography, Sherban Cantacuzino presents fifty-four schemes from fifteen countries. In each, he identifies the key elements: the visual importance of the project in its urban or rural context, the social or cultural significance of its new use, and above all, the design quality of the conversion. Along with the challenge of preserving the original, character of the structure, he also discusses the heritage of public, private, commercial, industrial, rural, and ecclesiastical buildings with examples of each. More than just a portfolio of reclaimed structures, this is a valuable how-to guide -for architects, developers, preservationists, urban . planners, municipal leaders, and anyone interested in the community-that provides a fascinating and comprehensive study of one of the most exciting new developments in contemporary architecture.