This thesis researches the possibilities of adaptive reuse of the Bell Museum, by first using
the criteria provided by the National Register of Historic Places to determine if the building is fit
for local and national designation and second, documenting the building’s energy efficiencies
and water usage for further study and providing some design solutions and third, discussing how
the current space can be reprogrammed to be more efficient and effective for either the museum
or another program. This research is done through written and visual documentation.
KEY WORDS: James F. Bell Museum, Heritage Preservation, Sustainable Design, Green Design,
Programming, College of Design, University of Minnesota.