The Indian context of Adaptive Reuse strategies, both macro and micro, are guided by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), via the Indian INTACH Charter. Therein, a total one hundred and ninety five traditional Listing of Historic Properties of Almora district, Uttaranchal, in 2004, proposed Heritage Villages at Uttaranchal. Our research upon these prominent surviving Kholas of Almora proposes functional Adaptive Reuse implementations to enhance, preserve and sustain typical indigenous dwelling samples of the micro system of Almora, a small hill settlement of Uttaranchal, India, within environmental, social, economic and innovative feasibility. Radiocarbon dating these traditional samples at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, Lucknow to a 720 ± 60 yrs BP antiquity, assesses their archeological relevance, correlating the architectural individualism with peer styles. An earthquake of 1100 AD devastated large tracts across India germinating this earthquake safety conscious school of architecture, traditionally evolved in elaborate workable trial and errors. This earthquake resistant vernacularism at Almora, in both local and cross border antiquity, from Nuristan in extreme Northwest Pakistan to Eastern Himachal Pradesh, and Nepal, has survived high intensity earthquake episodes over the last two hundred years. Structural designers fairly ideated seismic Shareka Iqbal Identity and Adaptivity: Structures and Structural Interventions In Almora performance of these structures in the highly damaging Kumaun and Garhwal earthquakes of 1720 and1803. Our work analyses how this indigenous construction technique in strong and lightweight wood, an elasto plastic material for frame construction, structural walls and paneled floors, yields gradually under high earthquake loads, its high ductility absorbing tremendous energy before failure, amply surviving several triple storied traditional buildings through seismic shocks in the last century. Equivalent static lateral force analysis of the two or three storeyed Koti Banal structure involve simple formulas appropriating buildings with regular mass and stiffness distribution, computing the design base shear for the entire structure, segregated across floor heights. Each floor level design lateral force then distributes to individual lateral load resisting element over floor diaphragm action. Thereafter design seismic base shear for the Koti Banal structure are calculated. Time period calculations involve approximate fundamental natural lapse of a wooden supported masonry. Koti Banal floors of thick highly flexible wooden planks over highly rigid dry dressed stone walls satisfy flexible diaphragm conditions. Seismic performance of Koti Banal structure requires the equivalent static method for design base shear computation. Upon detailed investigation the age old structural systems are revealed intact besides undamaged nonstructural components despite location in the most severe earthquake damage risk zone and experiencing many past earthquakes. Beyond analyzing the building system using equivalent static method, detailed advanced techniques like response spectrum, linear time history could pushover definitive insight. Building system response under simultaneous tri directional loads needs to be established. The Koti Banal structures are high rise wooden building category having moment resisting cross beams and stone masonry shear walls. Performance based design method is thus most suited as seismic calculator. In situ testing assess the stone wall strength as also wood construction. Finite element modeling method (FEM) is best for such complex masonry wooden combination buildings. Only then, prospects of delivering the historic contextual message could instigate special building repair guidelines, recommendations and techniques, in effective degrees, analysing the causes of death and decay in materials and structure, of both internal and external vernacular environment, unique as Koti Banal architecture. Also, our study prerequisites the best Adaptive Reuse option on minimum intervention wherein these dwellings, once refurbished, are put into similar functions as they held before, Shareka Iqbal Identity and Adaptivity: Structures and Structural Interventions In Almora with slight alterations to internal spaces only, tearing down internal partitions, keeping the exterior facades intact, vide open plan offices, shops, exhibition stores, cafes and art workshops. After remediating Adaptive Reuse projects, specific guidelines and recommendations are formulated for individual property owners in rehabilitating, preserving, future maintenance and continued use of these dwellings, pertaining to specific occupancy and construction types, sizes, materials, the building environment, site, structural systems, exterior finishes and interior features, roofing, doors and windows, wooden members and fixtures, applied over permanent and temporary construction on the exterior and interior as well as new attached or adjacent construction. Convenience and emerging needs instigate aberrations today, to replace time tested features, neglecting future impact. Conventional practices over increasing commercial and residential demands strain architectural traditions. Rapid, drastic, physical architectural changes over changed functions, space requirements and allied facilities, new locally nonbearing building materials and construction techniques, integrate poorly to the local physiography and socio economic contexts. Inadequate town planning and development regulations in conserving traditional buildings, increased maintenance costs and acute skilled craftsmanship shortage are killing the vernacular heritage. Efforts need to update and expand the guidelines as additional techniques and treatments become known to this Kumaon hill town. This hill town restoration needs urgent attention, endanger in extinction and consequently the loss of a traditional house type exclusive to this region.