Reading Ruins: A Transtextual Approach to the Hanna Roundhouse looks at the relationships between ‘texts’ in adaptive reuse. Transtextuality, which is based on the literary analysis of Gérard Genette, is explored in regards to the architectural relationships between the new, old and forgotten in built form. This thesis abducts and explains transtextuality in regards to architecture and then applies it as a design process in the adaptive reuse of the Hanna Roundhouse. The Hanna Roundhouse, built in 1913 as part of the Canadian Northern Railway, was abandoned for a significant period until its
purchase by the Hanna Roundhouse Society in the Fall of 2013.