Preserving History,
Shaping the Future
Galbraith Carnahan Architects has helped clients adapt historic locations for their modern lives.

Let’s Talk About Your Historic
Preservation Project

    When you own a historic building you become part of its story. You get to play a role in what happens to it next, and help shape its future.

    We’ve helped transform neglected warehouses into ultra-sleek office spaces, farmhouses into collaborative business incubators, and vacant estates into bustling cafes. And, we do it all without losing the irreplaceable details that drew our clients to the buildings in the first place.

    Our Historic Remodel & Adaptive Reuse Projects

    Explore award-winning historic preservation sites designed by Galbraith Carnahan Architects.

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    Convivium Urban Farmstead

    A pair of abandoned 1920s greenhouses in Dubuque, Iowa was transformed into an operating urban farm and community space.

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    The Bindery

    One of Milwaukee’s last book binderies was re-imagined as a bright, welcoming creative hub for writers, artists, printers, and book binders.

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    Hillcrest Park

    A structure originally designed as part of a missile base to protect against nuclear attacks now serves as a welcoming open-air pavilion at a Waukesha park.

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    South First

    Buildings from 1889 and 1909 in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, written off by many as too far gone to save, are now modern, sleek offices, lofts, and commercial spaces.

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    Legacy Loft

    A storage building was revamped into a vibrant, contemporary mixed-use commercial and living space in Milwaukee.

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    Story Hill Firehouse

    This 1930s firehouse and its utilitarian interior were given new life as a unique wedding and event space in Milwaukee’s Story HIll neighborhood.


    We Have the Experience to Handle the Details

    GCA offers a full range of historic preservation services including:

    • Design services for rehabilitation, restoration, and reuse projects
    • Detailed preservation plans
    • National and State historic tax credit applications
    • Historic structures reports
    • Existing conditions reports

    Experience within the firm includes work on numerous historic tax credit projects, preservation work for the General Services Administration (GSA), as well as Historic American Building Survey (HABS) documentation for the Library of Congress.

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    Who We Are

    Galbraith Carnahan Architects (GCA) is a team of creatives who approach architecture as an opportunity to construct something more than a building.  We see each project as a chance to create an experience that’s only possible in that space.

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