Can features of the structural system that are exposed to view, such as
load-bearing brick walls, cast iron columns, roof trusses, posts and beams,
vigas, or stone foundation walls, be important in defining the building's
interior visual character. Yes.
LOOK + IDENTIFY
The visible posts seen above have a distinctive character of their own,
besides serving a structural function. Shown below, the unique industrial
structural character of a mill building was preserved in a successful
conversion to retail shops during an overall rehabilitation.
WHAT IF VISIBLE STRUCTURAL FEATURES ARE ALTERED?
Answer: If these visible posts had been altered or hidden, the
existing industrial character would have been lost. In fact, the exposed
structure is an attractive component of the new interior design.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Preserve character-defining structural features in the process of rehabilitation!