Police Administration Building marked as Youth Outreach Offices and a Community Center
Repurposing the Roundhouse into a small hotel or apartment building might be a no-brainer. The building's close vicinity to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the surround view of Franklin Square, the seemingly endless grid of unobstructed windows providing natural light, and the immediate proximity of both Chinatown and Old City all make living or lodging very attractive for reuse, or for demolition and new construction (despite the building's iconic shape and rile in the city's history, it isn't listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and therefore unprotected from demolition. However, we decided to go in an entirely different direction and wanted to extend the building's life serving the public, particularly with the city's young in mind. We propose renovating the cylinder closest to Franklin Square into office suites for youth outreach, counseling and educational services and outfitting the opposing cylinder into a community center.