Historic O.O. Rufty Building Fire Restoration

Updated: Apr 27

2019 Award of Merit - Best Adaptive Reuse Project

Salisbury, NC



Located at 126 East Innes Street, the historic O.O. Rufty building in Downtown Salisbury has been recently transformed into a trifecta mixed-use development.


Once the home for a beloved general store in Downtown Salisbury, the building burned in 2015 and stood vacant for several years. The 1930s era building needed extensive repairs and attention to bring it back to its historic charm. As the property is located on a main thoroughfare entrance into Downtown Salisbury, the city and Downtown Salisbury, Incorporated understood the impact of finding a new use for this damaged property and were eager to assist with this productive renovation.


Totaling more than $1.6 million, the O.O. Rufty renovation was financially supported by over $159,000 in Downtown Revitalization and Façade grants from the City of Salisbury as well as federal and state historic tax credits.


The O.O. Rufty renovation is a great example of mixed-use development of a structure with retail, residential, and storage all being incorporated into the building. The residential apartments have been particularly popular and have provided much-need moderate housing stock in the Downtown. This revitalized property has filled several economic needs for Downtown Salisbury, while also revitalizing the entrance into the downtown district.


Congratulations to this Small Town Main Street community for its 2019 award.


In the category of ECONOMIC VITALITY, Best Adaptive Reuse Project is awarded to the best adaptive reuse of a building that has outlived its former purpose and has been adapted for a new use that serves current demand.


An Award of Merit is presented to: Michael & Diane Young, The Bogle Firm Architecture, Downtown Salisbury, Inc. and the City of Salisbury for Historic O.O. Rufty Building Fire Restoration & Adaptive Reuse Project