I've shown you some of my ideas for the bottom half of the building we are working on for studio this semester, but here are my thoughts for the upstairs.
The floor plan currently has a "sequence" of boarding rooms that circle a larger open corridor. 112 W. Lewis has been used as a boarding house for passers-by for more than a hundred years. When someone came to speak with us today from the state historic preservation office, we discussed which features of this floor are considered "defining." While the corridor and sequence of the spaces is defining, there are innovative ways for us to divide the space into larger units for use as apartments or condos.
I propose splitting it into two larger, high-end condos. These will be marketed to young to middle age professionals that want a home in the city so they can walk or easily commute to work.
While I will be omitting a lot of the partition walls, I will use steel framed glazed panel walls to reference the past of the space while still allowing light through. I think this will also be effective in allowing the resident(s) to have a visual path that assists in making the space feel larger than it truly is.