boutique hotel and textile centre located in the historic quarter of Kashan, in
the province of Isfahan, the project entailed the restoration of a 19th
century merchant home, typical of the historic residential buildings of the
area which have for the most part fallen into complete disrepair. The initial
purpose that informed the undertaking was threefold: the revival of
historically significant hand-woven textile traditions of Kashan which were on
the brink of extinction; the renovation, restoration and revitalisation of a
historic house and its surrounding neighbourhood in order to draw attention to
the vast treasury of this architectural heritage in danger; and raising
awareness of the cultural, artistic and technological traditions embedded in
the Islamic architectural traditions of this region.It houses not only the textile
workshops for brocade, silk, cotton and velvet weaving, but also features the
city’s finest dining establishment, a contemporary art gallery, a handicraft
shop, and a subterranean movie house adapted from the original cistern of the
old structure The project has met with so much success that it has drawn
thousands of people from across the world, and has triggered many similar
initiatives across the city.
Parastoo Eshrati, Somayeh Fadaei Nezhad Bahramjerdi, Samaneh Eftekhari Mahabadi and Mitra Azad, "Evaluation of Authenticity on the Basis of the Nara Grid in Adaptive Reuse of Manochehri Historical House Kashan, Iran," Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research. Vol. 11, issue 3 (November, 2017): 214-230.
Since it is highly desirable in the reuse of historic monuments not only to maintain their values but to promote them in contemporary life, authenticity is considered one of the measures of success in adaptive reuse projects. Nara Grid, which is designed concerning authenticity, is used as a tool to assess the authenticity of cultural heritage. This paper investigates authenticity in the adaptive reuse of Manouchehri House in Kashan based on the Nara Grid. The importance of this house lies in the fact that it is one of the first which has been reused by the private sector in this city and also has managed to encourage private sector partnership in the reuse of houses in this city and other historic cities of Iran. It has also been able to increase government trust, which shifts from top-down to a bottom-up approach in the field of cultural heritage, in the private sector. In this research, using Statistical Analysis methods, it is determined within the adaptive reuse of this house which ‘Dimensions’ and ‘Aspects’ of authenticity have received more attention and which ones received less; and also significant differences among individual’s viewpoints according to their gender, field, education, and age were investigated.