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This thesis, Vacant Main Street, will focus on a building’s ability to affect its surrounding community. Can a building be the spark that revitalizes a dying Main Street? The Main Street of St. Croix Falls, WI is continually becoming more “vacant”. The goal of this thesis is to provide that spark to the community and revive the area. In order to do so, the typology of the thesis - a theatre/local art museum - lends itself towards something that attracts people and pays respect to the history and uniqueness of the area. The unifying idea that guides this project is that one particular building can bring life to a struggling area. The Justification for this project is that if we do not do something to revitalize these dying main streets, like St. Croix Falls, then a portion of our past will be lost.
Design Thesis (M.Arch.)--North Dakota State University, 2013.