Old buildings get torn down after a while. It's a fact of life that we see every day, but we don't often take the time to consider what has been there. Take, for example, the Singer Building in New York. It was once the tallest building in the world and nothing like it had existed before. The building was a defining piece of New York's skyline – until it was deemed to be too awkward for modern use and became the tallest building to ever be dismantled in New York. Many people today aren't even aware that this historic building ever existed.
For Robert Guthrie of New Orleans, the value of preserving vintage buildings has a lot to do with how they can be used in the future. Instead of letting the old gas station get torn down, he comes up with a great way to reuse the space.